It’s the week before Christmas. I’m up to my eyeballs in flapping rolls of wrapping paper and bags of unwrapped presents. Meanwhile scraps of white tights that are miraculously supposed to have reinvented themselves as a white angel costume for my daughter’s school nativity play (tomorrow) are lying in piles at my feet. If only there was a magic button I could push to make it all, you know, get sorted.
Well now there is! Taskrabbit is an American company just arrived in the Big Smoke that is offering to do all the things that you don’t have time to do. Its employees will turn up on your doorstep to weed your garden, pick up your dry cleaning, collect your parcels, do your filing, organise your party, walk your dog and in fact do almost any odd job that you can think of – a Bob-A-Job for the 21st century.
It works very simply: you sign up online and describe your task. Then, you’ll be shown profiles of taskers suitable to help you, with reviews of them, and their hourly rate, which range from £12 (for wrapping Christmas presents and decorating the house) to about £30 (for bigger DIY chores). Once you’ve chosen your Taskrabbit, you can chat to them directly online or over the phone to discuss further details.
So it’s 24 hours after my wrapping paper and white tights crisis and Laura Campbell, my very own Taskrabbit, is sitting in my living room calmly tacking blue bows onto the mounds of presents that she has carefully wrapped an hour earlier. They look stunning. In the space of a few hours she has also dropped off the bag of old electronic gizmos at the council recycling centre – a job I have been putting off for the last two years – done some online research into finding a charity that accepts secondhand clothes for newly arrived refugees (St Pancras Refugee Centre) in order for her to drop a off a bag there later, and researched some Christmas presents online.
And she’s been helpful, chatty and warm to boot. Yes, I know what you’re thinking: us pampered urbanites, we have such a hard life, and I admit I was sniffy about it too. But it has taken Laura a few hours to do things that would have taken me months (even years!) to get round to doing. And has given me enough breathing space to focus on the really important things in life: like what on earth I’m going to do with those old white tights… Rebecca Taylor
To find out more, or to get a Taskrabbit for yourself, head to taskrabbit.co.uk