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Orderly Utility Closet

Martha Stewart Living, January 2003

Many people store mops and brooms by standing them in a corner, but this can cause broom straw to bend and mop heads to mildew. Using tool hooks (sold at hardware stores), hang them with their "business ends" up. A dustpan, too, should be kept off the floor; hang it from the hole in its handle.


Comments (5)

  • 1 Aug, 2011

    I agree with the previous comments but the organizer that I bought for my mops won't hold them upside down. So, I put it on the wall in my garage, right outside the kitchen door. That way they aren't in my face but nearby, very handy. The dustpan is on the floor underneath it...though I do rinse it often to keep it relatively clean.

  • 28 Jul, 2011


  • 28 Jul, 2011

    I'm not sure how I feel about the whole hanging the broom, mop and dustpan up with it all in your face. I wash my dustpan after every time I use it so it's not nasty. As for the the mop and broom, I have mine hanging w/ the broom straws and sponge end down and that can be a pain because it swings back and forth getting in the was of shutting the door and is very aggravating. I think I will give it a try:)

  • 27 Jul, 2011

    I totally agree with sjmurphyonci! Dustpans are just disgusting. As are the broom's bristles. I hang mine by a tool hook with the bristles going down and they hang just above the ground. My mother grew up on a homestead and they didn't allow a broom inside the house because it was so dirty! :-)

  • 27 Jul, 2011

    Why should a dirty dustpan be hanging on the wall, in my face? I prefer dustpans to rest on the floor, propped against the wall. If there's a problem with it sliding down, just make sure it can't do that. I either put something in front of it, or nail a little strip to the floor.