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How to Organize Mops and Brooms

Open cabinet next to kitchen desk with mop and broom organizers

Everyone needs a mop and broom if you want your home to stay clean. They're considered staples of good housekeeping. But where do you put them when they're not in use? They're unsightly to look at and a mess to keep organized. They fall over easily, bringing anything in their path clattering to the floor. Mops and brooms also require storage space with a lot of height to accommodate the handles. There's no other way to describe it. They're just plain awkward. If you're lucky, your home already features a broom closet with space to stash these implements. But even if it doesn't, no worries, there are numerous solutions on how to store mops and brooms. One of them is certain to fit your situation.

Best Mop/Broom Organizers & Storage Ideas

Mops, brooms, Swiffers®, feather dusters, and other cleaning implements with long poles require special storage considerations. They're very long in one direction but very narrow in the other. It’s an odd shape, but this can work to your advantage as they can often fit into tight and otherwise unused spaces. A dedicated broom closet is ideal, but not always necessary. There are plenty of other solutions for broom and mop organization. Wall-mount mop racks, hooks that slip into closet spaces too tight for anything else, tall cabinets, or even organizers designed to fit that small sliver of empty space next to your refrigerator work very well for organizing all sorts of cleaning implements with a long handle. For best organization, keep these points in mind:

  1. Store your mop and broom together. This is for convenience. Use the broom to sweep up. A damp mop will finish the job and get the remaining stubborn dirt.
  2. Keep the business end of your mop or broom clean. You must wash the head of the mop and broom periodically. Otherwise, you’re likely to make your floors dirtier rather than cleaner. Mops and brooms are easy to clean. First take your mop and broom outside. Shake out all loose dirt, banging the head of the implement against the ground to loosen as much as possible. Then wash the broom/mop head in a bucket of warm, soapy water. Just swish it around until the remaining dirt comes off. A small capful of bleach mixed in with the suds can help the cleaning process. After washing, temporarily stand the broom and mop upside down on their handles to dry the head before putting them away.
  3. Always use a hook or rack to hang your broom for storage. Keep these cleaning tools off the floor when it’s not in use. This is important no matter what type of broom you have. Broom heads will become bent over time when left sitting on the floor. Bent bristles equal less cleaning power. It doesn’t matter if you have synthetic or natural bristles. They’ll both be ruined, and you will have to replace your broom more frequently if you let it sit on the floor. For this reason, some people recommend storing the broom by standing it on its handle, just as you would for drying it. It’s true that this will combat bristle compaction. However, it’s not very stable. This storage method increases the likelihood of your broom toppling over when you reach for it, taking your mop and whatever else you have stored along with it. Hanging is the better solution. If you hang your broom on the wall when it’s not in use, there’s no pressure from gravity to compromise the bristles. Furthermore, the hook or hanging rack will keep it in place. This also works for mops and other types of tools with pole handles.

Types of Hooks for Mop and Broom Organization

Standard Utility Hooks

Double hook holding the long stick handles of a mop and broom
These mop and broom handles include a tab at the end for hanging them on a hook.

Utility hooks are your standard hooks. They work well to hang your mop or broom if it happens to have a hang tab at the end of the pole. Some come this way just for the purpose of hanging them up. If yours lacks a pre-made hang tab you can always make one. Just drill a hole in the end of the handle and slip a shoelace through the hole. Tie the shoelace securely, leaving about three-inches of loop to hang your mop or broom from a hook. Both single and double hooks work equally well. But if you go with a double hook, use the second hook for a shorter implement like a feather duster so that the broom and mop heads can be spaced farther apart. The great thing about hooks is that they are equally effective on the back of doors as well as walls. They are a good way to maximize all your potential storage space.

Gravity Broom Hooks

Mop handle hung with a gravity broom hook
This mop handle is hung with a gravity broom hook. Notice how no holes or tags are needed. The hook simply grips the handle and keeps it suspended with gravity. To remove the mop, simply lift the hinged hook and the handle slides out.

A gravity-controlled broom hook is a little different than a standard hook. It’s made specifically for hanging mops and brooms with a long, slender poles. The hook works on a hinge. Raise the hinge to insert the broom handle. Lower it to grab the pole and hold it snug between the hook and wall, using gravity to trap the implement and keep it securely in place. The advantage is that this type of hook will hold the broom handle anywhere along its length. And it doesn’t mar the pole in any way. Gravity hooks are surprisingly sturdy. For maximum strength, install them on a wood cleat mounted to the wall studs. They are not recommended for mounting directly into drywall or to the back of a door. This is because movement from opening and closing the door can cause the hook to open, allowing the broom or mop to fall.

Multi-Hook Racks for Mop and Broom Organization

Closeup 4 stick mop and broom organizer
This rack features four gravity type hooks for mops and brooms. This convenient organizer can even hold your broom upside down for drying after it is washed.

A multi-hook rack will store several pole style cleaning elements together. A four-hook rack is usually sufficient for the cleaning implements found in most households. There are advantages to using a rack over several individual hooks. It offers economy because you won’t have to buy more than one. It also comes with all the individual hooks already lined up and evenly spaced. A rack can contain either utility, clamp, or gravity style broom hooks spaced two-three inches apart. Some even offer a variety of different types of hooks on a single rack.

Secure your broom and mop rack to a small wooden cleat mounted to the wall. The cleat should be secured to the home’s studs in at least two places. This setup is necessary because the weight from multiple cleaning implements can add up. Even if your tools are very light weight, movement from constantly removing and replacing the tool can cause the hook and rack to come loose from the drywall. By using a wood cleat, you don’t have to worry about that.

Wall Track Systems

Garage slatwall used to hang brooms, mops, and other household tools
Garage slatwall used to hang brooms, mops, and other household tools.

Track systems used for garage walls can also come in handy when organizing mops and brooms. Use it in a mudroom, section of a pantry wall, or inside an attached garage. The track system consists of a series of slats in either aluminum or PVC. The tracks feature groves that can hold various types of hooks. The advantage of these systems is that hooks can be palces almost anywhere on the wall where the track has been installed. You don't need to bother with a cleat, and many types of specialty hooks are avaialble to fit into the track.

How to Organize Mops and Brooms at Home

Closeup mixed hooks for mop and broom organization mounted to a cleat
Mixed hooks for mop and broom organization mounted to a cleat.

First select your style and quantity of broom hooks. This will be based, in part, on individual preference but four hooks are typical. Next select the location for your mop and broom storage. The most logical place is a broom closet. Install a cleat along the inside walls and mount your hooks on the cleat. Be sure to position the cleat a minimum of five-inches from the upper shelf to ensure enough room above your broom handles. Place the mops, brooms, and other cleaning tools with long handles on the hooks. The floor of the closet will then be left open for storage of a bucket and an upright vacuum cleaner.

Section of kitchen with desk and broom cabinet with shelves
This home didn't have a broom closet, so the owner decided to add one. Located next to the kitchen desk and close to the back door entry, it adds a lot of practical storage to the kitchen in addition to providing a great place to keep mops and brooms.

If you don’t have a broom closet it’s easy to add one. Install a tall, narrow cabinet against the wall in the mudroom, laundry room, or any unobtrusive corner of your home. The same rules apply when installing hooks into this “broom cabinet” as with a closet. Use a cleat behind the hooks and anchor it to the studs. Mount your racks or hooks to the back or sides of the cabinet making sure it's at least five-inches below the upper shelf. Be very careful if you decide to put broom hooks or racks on the interior side walls of the cabinet. Check the length of your screws and avoid making holes that might be visible on the outside.

If you don’t want to bother with a cabinet, or simply don’t have room for one, consider a wall-mount installation of your hooks and/or racks. Install a cleat on a small section of wall to hold your mop and broom organizer hooks. Look for a spot near the back door, laundry/utility room, or inside another closet with a deep return. The corner of a walk-in pantries is a very popular option for mop and broom storage. Narrow nooks like the space between the side of your refrigerator and kitchen wall are also possible. But measure first. You’ll need about six-inches to accommodate the thickness of a cleat and still be able to maneuver your handle onto the hook. When all else fails, some homeowners who are very tight on space will use the garage walls for mop and broom organization.

Use these mop and broom organization tips to help keep your home neat and clean. The hooks designed for long handle brooms are inexpensive and worth the little bit of extra effort to install. Remember to use a cleat for a long-lasting quality installation. Hanging your mops and brooms between uses has several benefits. They won’t wear out as quickly. They won’t fall over. Plus, you won’t have to search for them if they’re always left hanging in the same place. It’s tough to beat that logic. Take the plunge into orderly living. Get your mops and brooms organized today.