Category Archives: Declutter

Post Holiday Clean Up

All the gifts have been opened and plenty of delicious food has been enjoyed, and now you’re left with the task of “un-decorating.”  It can be a depressing task, not just because the holidays are over, but because it can seem overwhelming.

Here are some great tips for post-holiday clean up that can help you be organized and ready to go for next year’s festivities.

A good rule of thumb is “get one, toss two.”  If new pots and pans were a gift from the mother-in-law, don’t be offended!  Just pack those old, stained mis-matched ones in a box and drop at the local thrift store.  Have you been storing all those boxes that gifts came in?  Go ahead and use those as you clear away the clutter.

Recycle those Christmas Cards.  It’s great to hear from everyone, and for those of us who are sentimental, it’s hard to just toss those cards, so why not look up some cute recycling ideas on Pintrest?  Cards can be cut and used for gift-tags next year, or made into little ornaments.

Coordinate the take-down with your local municipal collection schedule.  Most cities have holiday solid waste pick up schedules posted on their websites, and this can be helpful information to avoid having boxes and trees curbside for an extended period of time.

Once everything is taken down and safely stored away, it’s time to give us a call at National Dusters and get a deep clean.  You’ve used and abused your oven, microwave and fridge for the past six weeks, so let us give those appliances a little TLC with a good deep clean.  We’ll dust away the tinsel and pine needles, freshen the floorboards, and get your home spic-n-span for the upcoming new year.

Call us today at

612-324-4743

Best wishes for a prosperous New Year from your friends at National Dusters.

The Pots and Pans You Really Need

Whether you’re just starting out in a small apartment, or downsizing to an “empty nest,” organizing your kitchen is a great place to begin to organize your home.  With so many kitchen tools available on the market, it’s hard to know what you actually NEED; what’s actually worth taking up that valuable cupboard space.

Most cooking experts agree, the pots and pans you can do the most work with, and which will be the most versatile are:

  • 8″ non-stick skillet
  • 10″ stainless steel skillet
  • Large stainless steel stock pot
  • 12″ Cast Iron Skillet
  • 4 quart stainless steel sauce pot
  • Colander

With these items you can do everything from fry an egg and prepare stir-fry for four, to simmer delicious chili and traditional cornbread for eight.  Most of these items can serve dual purpose, like a glass bowl over the sauce pot can serve as a double boiler, and the cast-iron skillet can serve as baking pan for hearty beer and corn breads.

That myriad of selection at the local kitchen specialty store may be shiny and pretty, but if you get creative, you can do just as much with fewer tools and an organized kitchen!  Happy and Healthy Cooking from your friends at National Dusters.