Only 8 Days in on the 31 Days to Decluttering and Organizing!
It's towel day!
I recently replaced some of our 10+ year old bath towels, but I kept more than I really needed even with guests. We don't wash our bath towels everyday and when we do they are laundered quickly enough to be used the next day. So really we don't need extra sets of towels, except for guests. But a couple more does make me feel better. And one stack in the closet doesn't take up too much space. I tend to have the most of wash clothes and the fewest of hand towels.
Your preference and ability to do regular laundry will impact how many towel sets you might need to store in your home. Go through your bath towels and get rid of anything ripped or stained. After that determine how many extras you have. Why do you have them? Do you have old ones you use for cleaning or other tasks other than bathing? Maybe those belong elsewhere than combined with your showering towels. Could you do with fewer extras? Do you have too many to fit in the space you are allowing or have?
It would be a good idea to look at your kitchen linens today if you have time today, too. Again, I'm thinking of the holidays. Do you have enough towels and wash clothes? Too many? Doesn't hurt to check place mats, cloth napkins, and table cloths.
I don't use table clothes and I have one set of place mats that I use to accommodate a crowd of nine at our dining room table. I have the same number of cloth napkins also. I'm set there, unless I get tired of my current set. If I were to get a new set, I'd like to think I would let the current set go since there are some things I don't like about them.
Looking at our dish towels. We have plenty. They don't all match each other but we have enough for everyday and plenty for when we are having company. And we have an ample number of dish clothes too. Ours stay stacked neatly most of the time and fit in the space we store them. I figure this is a good way to judge if we have too many. For example, if your towels are in a drawer, but it never closes, you might have too many! Or your drawer is too small. :)
Consider getting rid of the dish towels and wash clothes you don't like, never use, ripped, torn, or are overly stained. If you are unsure, set aside in another spot in your kitchen for awhile and see how your kitchen functions with fewer linens.
How high do you stack your towels? Did you find any towels to let go of? Which type of towel do you have the most of?