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8 Life Hacks That Will Make Living In NYC So Much Easier Expand options

Living in New York City is hard. The weather is drastic, the commute is brutal, and the pace never lets up. Succeeding here is all about endurance, and for those who are new to city living, it may seem impossible to deal with the challenges of NYC. That’s why we put together this urban survival guide. Here are some ‘life hacks’ for those of you residing in The Big Apple:

1. Laundry Life Hack

Don’t let laundry day force you to miss a concert ever again. On-demand laundry services like Cleanly and FlyCleaners will come to your apartment, pick up your dirty laundry, wash and fold it and then bring it back to you. All at a competitive price.

2. Cleaning Life Hack

In a city as busy as New York, who has time to spend a whole weekend doing a deep clean? Consider hiring a maid service in New York. Or try any of these 15 awesome apps and services that will clean your home, do your chores, sell stuff you don’t need, and take care of a whole lot more on your never-ending to-do list while you maintain that Empire State of Mind.

3. Dinner Life Hack

You’re probably all too familiar with coming home to a sink full of dishes and an empty refrigerator. When the weather is terrible, or you’re just too tired to face cooking, use Seamless or Grubhub to get the best food New York City has to offer from the comfort of your living room.

4. Groceries Life Hack

If you do want to cook but don’t have an hour to spend at the supermarket, sign up for FreshDirect to get a load of groceries delivered straight to your door. For those of you who like to brunch on weekends and don’t usually make it to the farmer’s market, Good Eggs will bring you farm fresh ingredients on a weekly basis. If you just need paper towels or dish soap, but don’t have time to go to CVS, try Soap. They do quick and cheap deliveries on all the products you could get from a pharmacy, plus you can buy in bulk to save money!

5. Errands Life Hack

Not having a car makes running errands in the city a lot more difficult than it would be in, say, Kansas. If you find yourself in desperate need of anything from an iphone charger to a pair of dress pants, services like WunWun and TaskRabbit make it easy to hire someone to quickly bring you whatever it is that you need.

A woman drives a Honda Insight Hybrid Zipcar.

6. Day Trips Life Hack

Not having a car also makes it a lot harder for most New Yorkers to get out of the city. That’s why Zipcar has cheap monthly memberships for car shares, which make it quick and painless to rent a car and slip out of the city for some serious R&R. If you’re looking for a daytrip destination, try Myrtle Beach, the CatSkills, Harriman, or Philly!

7. Cab Life Hack

If you’ve ever tried to get from Williamsburg to Park Slope by bus on a Saturday night, you understand the appeal of affordable and reliable car services. Uber and Lyft have made getting a cab easier than ever; you can do it on your iPhone in just a few clicks. As an added bonus, you’ll look very cool climbing into your private car. You can also sign up for Citi Bike and get some exercise while cutting down on travel time.

8. Closet Life Hack

Anyone who’s lived in this city can tell you how insanely small the apartments are. But that doesn’t mean your stuff has to run your life. And it won’t if you use Clutter, a full-service storage solution that caters to your hectic life.

Our drivers will bring sturdy storage bins to your apartment, wait while you pack them full of stuff, and then drive them to our secure and climate-controlled storage facility.

We’ll also create an online photo catalog of your stuff so when you want us to bring something back, all you have to do is select the item on our website.

Storing your physical stuff is finally as easy as storing your files in the cloud!


Clutter is more than just storage.

To find out how you can declutter your life, talk to one of our space experts. We’ll get you started with the right storage plan for you.

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