Cluttering is a major enemy when it comes to home organization. In most cases, brooms and mops will find themselves placed carelessly at the corner of a garage, closet, shed or other storage areas. Broom holders provide the best, old-fashioned and clever way to avoid the mess caused by brooms collecting in corners or sprawling across the floor. A broom holder is inexpensive and very easy to install.

Easy Trap Filip Holder clamps onto the Easy Trap duster allowing use of both sides of the cloth without bending over and without touching debris. Holder works with standard threaded broom handle (sold separately).

This broom holder installs very easily and fast. It comes with screws, anchors and user manual to help you with the installation. Each gripper can hold a maximum of 7 pounds of weight without breaking. The holder is a little bit heavier than others are and may interfere with mounting, especially due to the small size of screws used for installation.

Use versatile pegboard for a custom layout of hand tools, shelves and storage bins. Outline the tools on the pegboard to indicate when something is missing. Use drawers for small tools and cabinets for larger items. Some cabinets even have locks for added security and safety. If children are in the home, consider locking cabinets for storing materials or tools that could be dangerous.

So, if we’re absolutely, positively not supposed to use steam mops (or, presumably, normal mops) on hardwood floors, how are we to clean them? I was looking into Bona floor spray mops, but the idea of leaving the floor covered with a film of cleaning solution doesn’t sound appealing. FWIW, we’ve been using a steam mop regularly on our bamboo floor for years with no apparent ill effects.

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I saw a great idea in a small organizing pamphlet by Martha Stewart! You put some nails in your beams and string a short bungie cord from one nail to the other. Then you store your shovels and rakes, etc. in those spaces within the wall between the beams. This is great for us we don’t have a garage, only a storage shed about 6 x 8 and the tools don’t take up room in the shed so much as almost disappearing along the walls of the shed.

Wrenches, Screwdrivers, Air Tools and even Paper Towel Holders are pretty handy to have around.  We’ve got a great selection of Holders – Brackets and Organizers to help you keep these tools out and handy, but also organized and up on the wall.

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This is one of those clever “Why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. So simple, too! Use a sturdy kitchen paper towel holder (like this one shown in the picture) for your garbage bags in the garage. Because garbage bags are considerably heavier than paper towels, you’ll want to make sure the towel holder is secured well to the wall. You would also need a skinny rod to ensure that it will fit through the small opening in the center of the garbage bags.

During World War II, American submarine crews would hoist a broom onto their boat’s fore-truck when returning to port to indicate that they had swept the seas clean of enemy shipping.[10] The tradition has been devalued in recent years by submarine crews who fly a broom simply when returning from their boat’s shake-down cruise. This tradition no doubt stems from the action of the Dutch admiral Maarten Tromp who tied a broom to his main mast after defeating the British admiral Robert Blake at the Battle of Dungeness in 1652. This has often been interpreted as a message that he would sweep the British from the seas. This story remains unsubstantiated,[11] but may have its origin in the tradition of hoisting a broom as a sign that a ship was for sale, which seems more likely as Tromp had captured two of Blake’s ships in the battle.[12]

Love the doors and the brand Patrick mentioned is well known. Another option you may want to consider for carriage house style garage doors is Clopay. We make overhead doors in natural wood (Reserve Wood Collection) … as well as a durable, low-maintenance faux wood composite material that can be painted or stained.

I’ve been writing for Wirecutter since 2012, researching and testing home goods like cutting boards, kitchen thermometers, and paper towels. I also own a more than 100-year-old home with roughly 1,500 square feet of hardwood floor, along with sealed tile and stick-on vinyl. I co-own a coworking space with both engineered wood floors and tile in the bathroom. In short, I’ve spent a lot of time comparing products, and even more time cleaning floors.

After 30 hours of research, two weeks of in-home testing and squeaky clean floors, we feel confident recommending the Bissell 19404 PowerFresh Steam Mop Hard Floor Steam Cleaner as the best steam mop overall. With a long-lasting flow of continuous steam and built-in easy scrubber, it makes fast work of tough messes, so you can easily scrub your floors and get on with your day.