Outsourcing Laundry With Flycleaners

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At this point, delegating chores to the next Seamless of [insert mundane-yet-necessary task here] isn't particularly remarkable. Shipping a package? Sure. Grocery shopping? Done. But for me, laundry has always been different. While finding my footing in New York, I convinced myself that spending Sunday afternoons slugging an overstuffed bag back and forth from the corner laundromat was good for character.

But then I serendipitously started seeing these giant blue vans labeled Flycleaners all over the city. They say you need to see something seven times before catching on—and I was seeing these trucks at least twice a day for months.

The app (and its fleet of navy trucks) offers laundry and dry cleaning pick-up and delivery service in Manhattan and Brooklyn. On the plus side, their hours of operation—6am to midnight—are incredible. Everything returns neatly folded and packaged, no matter how sloppy your original presentation. The technicalities still need a little work: The app promises to honor preferences for details like hang drying and types of detergent—but instead of being hung to air dry, my T-shirts were all dry-cleaned. Regardless, the clothes were fine, and I was happy to have my Sunday back.

—Claire Knebl

Photos courtesy of the author.