Packing can dampen the joy of moving to a new house. You have to figure out how to pack and move your belongings efficiently without breaking the bank, your delicate china, or your back.
The items you usually keep in the garage or storage room are almost always left for last-minute packing.
Luckily, packing them is a simple process if you use the proper packing materials and stick to a careful plan.
In this article, we provide a list of the packing materials you’ll need as well as a step-by-step guide to show you how to pack mops and brooms for moving. So, sit tight!
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Step 1: Save Mops and Brooms For Last
I know this may seem obvious, but sometimes when you’re moving and you have a 1000 things on your to-do list it helps to state the obvious.
Once you have everything packed up in boxes and ready to go, you’re going to have a good amount of cleaning to do. Especially if you’ve been renting and want to get that security deposit back.
So, don’t jump the gun and pack away your mops, brooms and other cleaning supplies until the very end.
Step 2: Declutter the Cleaning Supplies
There’s no use for old, broken-down cleaning supplies in a new home.
You should go through the mops and brooms and set aside the ones that are still in good condition.
Some mops may be too worn out. You may also find out that some brooms have bent bristles or aren’t sweeping dust as well as they should. The mops and brooms that are too dirty, old, or damaged should be disposed of.
You can salvage the handles if they’re not damaged. You could also repurpose old handles to replace broken ones or to be used on other tools.
What’s more, if the handles of your mops and brooms are wooden, you can recycle them.
Mops and brooms are examples of items that require special packing and can take up quite the space while moving.
Decluttering them can save you the trouble of packing and moving any useless items.
Step 3: Get the Necessary Packing Materials
Mops and brooms aren’t exactly fragile, but they can break in half if they’re not packed properly. That’s why you should use the right packing materials.
You may not need to make any special trips to get these packing materials. Most, if not all, of the necessary items could be left over from packing everything else in the house.
In case you’ve run out of materials, here’s what you’ll need:
- Packaging string
- Packing tape
- Packing paper
- Moving blankets or old towels
- Zip-lock bags
- Bubble wrap
- Cardboard boxes
- Permanent marker
After you’ve prepared your materials, follow the next steps to securely pack mops and brooms.
Step 4: Detach the Brush and Mop Head
Before you begin packing any mops or brooms, you need to detach any removable parts.
This way you can ensure that neither the handles nor the heads are damaged during the moving process.
If you have traditional mops and brooms, all you need to do is unscrew the heads from the handles. However, if you have modern mops and brooms, they may have additional parts that you’ll need to unscrew as well.
For example, many Dyson mops have complicated heads that require a little more than just unscrewing from the handle.
Once you’ve detached the heads and any other parts, you should be left with completely disassembled mops and brooms.
Step 5: Pack the Handles
Now that the mops and brooms are disassembled, you can start packing every part individually.
First, divide the handles into groups of similar lengths. This makes it easier to wrap them.
Take each group and bundle all the handles together with packing paper. Then, tie a piece of string securely around them to keep the handle bundle from unraveling.
Lastly, lay each bundle on top of a moving blanket and wrap it tightly using the packing tape. After you’re done, set the bundles aside.
Step 6: Pack the Other Parts
Next, wrap the mop heads and broom brushes individually. Wrap the heads with packing paper and tape them securely. This method should protect them from getting damaged or dirty. (Or getting other things damaged or dirty)
For extra measure, wrap any plastic or delicate parts with packing paper, then with bubble wrap.
If there are any small pieces, you should place them in a zip-lock plastic bag. You can pack the zip-lock bags in the boxes with the mop and broom heads.
Alternatively, you can carry them in your handbag if the zip-lock bags won’t take much space. This way, you can have the small pieces on you when you’re reassembling the mops and brooms.
Once you’ve wrapped the mops and brooms, layer as many cardboard boxes as you need with bubble wrap. Then, put the wrapped parts in the boxes.
Then, stash crumbled packing paper around them to keep them from shifting in the boxes during the move.
Finally, close the lids and seal the boxes with packing tape. Take a permanent marker and label your boxes “Cleaning Supplies.”
Keep in mind that you can use these steps to pack any items that have a similar shape to mops and brooms, such as drapery tracks and curtain rods.
Step 6.1: Check That Everything Is Packed Securely
Gently shake the boxes before you seal them with tape. You shouldn’t feel or hear the mop and broom parts moving inside.
If there’s some movement or noise, you can add more crushed packing paper or bubble wrap. These should prevent the mop and broom parts from shifting inside.
What’s more, when you’re loading the mops and broom in the moving car or truck, make sure you place the handle bundles vertically, not horizontally.
If the car’s ceiling isn’t high enough, you can lay the handle bundles horizontally. But make sure not to place anything on top of them.
Packing your belongings efficiently can make the moving and unpacking process more enjoyable.
You have to start by decluttering your belongings and organizing the remaining items in packing order.
But more than that, part of packing efficiently is knowing how to pack mops and brooms for moving.
You should save the mops, brooms, and cleaning supplies until everything else has been packed.
This way, after you’ve emptied your house, you can do a final cleaning. Since you’ll load the cleaning supplies last, you’ll be able to unpack them first thing and begin cleaning the new house right away.