Many people store brooms and mops at the corner of their house without knowing the damage it can causes to their brooms and mops .
With proper storing after use, you can increase the service lifetime of the brooms and mops and use it for more than 2-3 times longer you expected.
The utility closet for cleaning tools such as brooms and mops often called the broom closet, is an extremely overlooked part of any household.
Several households do not pay close attention to how their cleaning items are placed and organized in this closet.
It doesn’t matter how frequently you use brooms and mops to clean your house; there is no excuse not to have a well-organized, clean and pleasant storage for brooms and mops.
After all, no one wants to wake up in the morning to a disorganized broom closet where all the cleaning supplies come tumbling down upon opening it.
Plan about what cleaning items you will have before storing them
Before storing your brooms and mops, it is recommended that you start planning which items you will be using in the first place.
Once you know are aware of which cleaning tools and supplies you will be using on a regular, the process of storing your brooms and mops will become all the easier.
If your cleaning closet is extremely simple and comprises only of brooms and mops, then you might be able to store them in a shallow cupboard with only a few inches of space. However, it is usually not that simple.
Most households will have several cleaning supplies that need to be stored along with brooms and mops, which can only be done accurately if you plan it properly.
The process for storing dry mops and dirty or wet mops are not the same.
Throw away what you don’t need!
Often, it is tempting to just hoard whatever cleaning items we can get our hands own.
However, this is not a healthy cleaning habit and will cause problems when it comes to being able to store cleaning items such as brooms and mops effectively.
Most cleaning storages or utility closets will be filled with lots of old rags, pieces of clothes used as dusters, old bottles of cleaning liquids and maybe some broken cleaning items as well. You need to throw out what you don’t need!
Empty your entire cleaning storage and discard all items that do not work properly and others such as rags which you may have too much of.
It is recommended to switch to biodegradable and environmentally friendly alternatives too.
Arrange other items in your closet in a way that complements mops and brooms
Mops and brooms are perhaps the most frequently used items in any cleaning closet.
The utility they offer is far greater than what other cleaning items are used for, and their use is quite regular too.
You need to organize the remaining items in your cleaning closet in such a fashion that does not obstruct your access to the mops and brooms.
This means that you should keep any large and sturdy cleaning items in the lowest section of the cleaning closet or at the very back.
This is because they will occupy too much space. Alternatively, if you can find another place to store these bulky items, that would be ideal too.
Next, you need to take care of any hoses by looping them around hooks in your cleaning closet. You could use bike hooks or hose holders for hanging the vacuum.
Cleaning items such as dusting cloths, dustpans and brushes can also be hung on hooks in your closet.
If you have any cleaning solution of bleaching items, it is recommended that you wrap them in plastic bags and make sure they are tightly sealed before putting them in the bottom corner of the closet.
Finally, the brooms and mops belong on a mounted hook immediately in front of the closet, where it is easy for you to quickly grab them and take them out for daily use – maybe even multiple times.
Personalize your cleaning space
Being able to customize the arrangement and layout of your cleaning storage space will help you feel a lot more in control of what you are doing.
When it comes to mops and brooms, you could use a personalized hook board or a wall-mounted holder than can be used to store mops and brooms.
Make sure that the hooks or holders are well spaced out, leaving a lot of space in between so that the handles can rest easily without the cupboard toppling on you every time you try to open it.
Serious cleaning items that can be potentially dangerous to children should always be placed in the top rack of the cleaning cupboard, where they are difficult to access.
By personalizing and customizing the storage of your cleaning space instead of just carelessly throwing all the cleaning items together will help you experience stronger ownership of the space.
You will also be motivated to maintain your cleaning closet if this happens.
Consider a storage space structural revamp
If you have some spare cash lying on you and your storage closet is a total mess – it might be time to make a wise investment.
Consider spending some of your money on addressing the structural issues of your cleaning closet.
You might want to get a subdivided cabinet so you can neatly tuck away cleaning items in your storage.
You could also pay to have partitions made as required to help organize your cleaning storage.
Create divisions where you place long-handled items such as brooms and mops on one end of your cleaning closet and heavy-duty cleaning items such as vacuums on the other.
With proper storage, you can use a mop for long time. Even after when it is damaged, you can recycle those mops for other uses such as in DIY projects.
The bottom line
The most important thing about storing brooms and mops is that it is something that needs to be done sooner or later.
You might be procrastinating and putting off cleaning your storage closet for quite some time now, but now is the time to get done with it.
If you don’t have a proper cleaning closet, take a look around your house and come up with unused creative spaces that could potentially be used to store your mops and brooms.
If nothing works, you could simply use a wall-mounted rack to place them in the corner of the house and the vacuum/dustpan/brush can find their place in a kitchen cabinet.