You say “lazy,” I say “efficient.” Smartphones combined with smart home products (like lightbulbs and window shades) have turned laziness into an art. These days you don’t even have to get out of bed to check what’s in your refrigerator.
But smart home products require an investment and a little setup to work. What if you’re too lazy to change out all your lightbulbs or get a new thermostat? I feel you. There’s a reason only two of my lamps are smart bulbs, even though I have several that I will eventually get around to placing.
For the ultra-lazy crowd, there are always apps: Two seconds to install and instant, lazy gratification can be yours. Here are 10 apps you should be using for maximum…efficiency.
The app that delivers groceries to your door
Walking to the grocery store is a lot of work, even if the grocery store is only two blocks away. And carrying groceries back from the grocery store…forget about it.
Luckily, Instacart offers 1-hour delivery and lets you pick up items from multiple stores. Now, if only there was an app that would put your groceries away for you...
The app that lets you hire someone to put your groceries away for you
TaskRabbit lets you bid on chores and errands: Grocery shopping, house cleaning, assembling Ikea furniture, picking up dry cleaning, shipping packages, etc.
And, unlike delivery services, TaskRabbit people will actually deliver things to you inside your house. You don’t even have to leave the sofa!
The app that delivers anything you want
Food delivery apps are the lazy person’s staple, but they’re also limited to restaurants that, well, deliver. What if you want something from a restaurant that doesn’t deliver? Or what if you want something that’s not from a restaurant at all, like…an ice cream cake or mascara? Postmates delivers just about anything, from just about anywhere (okay, okay…within reason) to your door.
The app that takes the effort out of texting
Yo is the perfect app for letting friends know that you’re thinking about them, but you don’t want to have an actual conversation with them.
The app that takes the effort out of texting your significant other
Your significant other expects more than a ‘Yo’ here and there, which is why BroApp exists. BroApp periodically texts your S.O. sweet messages (you can personalize them, no sweat) so you seem like a thoughtful person instead of an incredibly lazy one.
The app that makes sure you have clean underwear
Too lazy for laundry? Washio will come pick up your dirty clothes, wash them, and return them to you, folded and everything. Too bad it’s only available in five cities at the moment (LA, SF/East Bay, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C.).
The app that brings the doctor to you
You’re totally justified in being lazy when you’re sick, which is why Doctor on Demand is your new BFF.
Doctor on Demand lets you video chat with a licensed physician, pediatrician, or psychologist and get prescriptions (for basic meds—no schedule II drugs) via your smartphone.
The app that parks your car
Driving is hard enough…now you have to look for a parking spot and park your own car?
Thank goodness for apps like Luxe, which offer on-demand valet parking from anywhere (anywhere in the six cities Luxe is currently in, that is: SF, NYC, LA, Chicago, Seattle, and Austin).
The app that cleans/fixes your home
TaskRabbit is great for errands, but sometimes you need a professional. Handy lets you book on-demand professional cleaners, handymen, plumbers, and electricians.
The app that blows on things
Too lazy to blow out that candle? No problem—Yet Another Air BLOwer turns your Android phone’s speaker into an air blower using sound frequencies.