There's a Better Way to Sweep and 4 More Tidying-Up Secrets
Experts share their best under-the-radar tips for cleaning and organizing your space.
When Using a Broom, It's All About Direction
For quick clean-ups, it's hard to beat a simple broom. You probably already know the difference between indoor brooms (they have finer bristles which work well on hardwood or tile) and outdoor brooms (their stiffer bristles can move larger pieces of debris on concrete or cement). Melissa Maker, host of the YouTube channel CleanMySpace, says angled indoor brooms are great at getting in tight corners. Once you've got the correct type of sweeper, use this advice from Cassandra Aarssen, of the cleaning site ClutterBug. Sweep toward you, instead of away, to help control the pile of debris and limit the amount of dust that rises up into the air. Start in the corners and sweep toward you in short, smooth motions. Then, use a dust pan often to avoid dragging your dirt piles across the clean floor.