We all need a little support sometimes. I know both new and seasoned mommies like to feel they can do it all, but that is often what leads us to burnout and misery. For me, it’s the mundane tasks I would like to outsource — yard work, laundry, running errands with kids in tow, etc. It can actually feel luxurious to occasionally have someone else do the laundry, make a meal, pull some weeds, or even do some food shopping for you. And when you can outsource to make your life a little easier, it leads to more time with your family and friends, and more time for you personally to pursue your interests and passions. Here are five Boston-based services to give a mom a break from time to time. Which one will you try first?
Foodery is a Boston-based (Malden) meal service that is similar to but even more convenient than the trendy meal-kit services out on the market today, like Purple Carrot (Needham-based) or Blue Apron. What truly sets Foodery apart is that you can choose the meals you want for the evening or week, and the meal is delivered to you completely cooked and chilled and ready to go. You simply heat it up, and boom — dinner is served.
TaskRabbit is a brilliant business that essentially helps you take the drudgery out of life. Got some minor house repairs that need to be done? Task Rabbit is on the job. Need help mounting that heavy TV? Task Rabbit will send someone to you within 24 hours. I recently hired someone from Task Rabbit — my husband and I can’t figure out why our dishwasher isn’t working, and we’re both too busy and don’t have the bandwidth to hang out with the owner’s manual and figure it out on our own, and we’re not wanting to rush out to get a new one either. I love that we can choose who we want to come help by looking at reviews of each service provider and examining their experience and resume.
Similar to TaskRabbit, GladlyDo is a service made up entirely of eager and able high school and college students who will help you with everything from pet care to yard work to babysitting, building IKEA furniture, providing rides, and a ton more. Think of the task you least want to do right now, and you can find someone else to do it! You’re welcome!
Postmates is like your one-stop food take-out shop on steroids. We’re not just talking pizza and Chinese food. Postmates will deliver food to you from bespoke gastro-delights like Anna’s Taqueria (that’s enough reason to use this service alone!), Dosa Factory, By Chloe, Life Alive, and Flour Bakery! They will even deliver non-food essentials from Walgreens, Toys R Us, Staples, and REI. Plus, they’ll deliver your coffee from Starbucks and satisfy your hankering for a donut from Dunkin’ or smaller establishments like Kane’s and Blackbird Donuts. They aim to empower communities to shop local by removing barriers and reducing waiting time.
If laundry is the bane of your existence, can I get a “heck yeah”? Out of all the chores we’re tasked with, laundry is the most banal and soul-crushing for me. It never ends, and there are so many steps! You could spend the whole day doing this one task, and you’d still have more to do the next day! Well, now we have the ultimate in outsourcing — Life Without Laundry. Can you just imagine a life without laundry? Oh, happy day! Life Without Laundry has several services, including dry cleaning and alterations, and they will pick up and deliver! Simply hand over your 15 piles of laundry and they’ll come back clean and folded. Another thing I love about this service is that you can specify how you want it done — dried on low heat, using your own special organic and green detergent, no fabric softener, etc. Enjoy!