What’s Your Towel Number?

You enter adulthood with nothing of your own. You are excited about this new adventure, and towels seem like a badge of adulthood. You need towels, you are an adult now! Soon you get married or transition to a new house with multiple bathrooms, a pool, a garage. More towels enter your household. Years go by, seasons change and soon you have different styles of towels. Some are your favorite, some you hate looking at but yet it stays in the back of the closet, just in case.

It is time to clear the closet! How many towels do you really need?? 10, 20, 30, what is the magic number? In reality we only need one or two towels per family member living in the house. For my family we have my husband, myself and our three kids. So we only need bath 5-10 towels. I know that seems crazy to whittle it down to that extreme! What if the house floods, what if my entire family comes to stay and they all need to take showers at the same time?! What if, what if, what if? Let’s be clear, I am not asking you to be a towel minimalist, I am simply showing that what is needed is far less than what is in most of our linen closets. It’s time to narrow it down.

How many towels do you want to pile up in the laundry? How many towels take space in your kitchen, in your cupboards, linen closets, and bathrooms? How many towels do your kids drag around the house? It’s time to ease our loads! Its time to be free of our towels. Yes it’s really freeing to let go of those towels that have holes, that you no longer like the style of, and that the kids love to drag through the house! Imagine if the only towel laundry you had to deal with was one set! If after bath time is done you drop them in the laundry and are already reset for next time. No mess, no fuss, no mountains of towels piling up. And each time you take a shower you get to use your favorite towels. Every time!

What I recommend to clients is keep 2-4 towels per person in your household, thats it. If you want to be a towel minimalist too thats awesome, go for it! If you are looking to simplify 2-4 towels is what I recommend this will cover if your whole extended family comes over and demands to shower (if you have a big family that would mean maybe you need to do laundry in between haha) but no one will go towel-less! And you will be free from the loads that pile up.

In my family we have eight adult towels and six kid towels. This would definitely cover any people staying with us and two sets of kids bath towels if I decide to procrastinate laundry a bit I have back-up.

The same goes for kitchen towels and pool towels, its time to sort through those towels and only keep your favorites. It’s freeing I promise!

I also recommend to clients to set aside 3-4 towels to keep in your laundry room as “clean-up towels” when your kid spills, or there is a messy project needing to be done you already have specific towels for that purpose. These also calm the “what if” way of thinking without adding to your laundry pile, they will be a part of piling the laundry. They will only be there for when they are needed.

Be free from towels! Don’t waist any more time dealing with towels. When you simplify different parts of your life it leaves you free to enjoy your spaces and your life!

Arizona, Uncategorized

  1. Shesten says:

    Love this. I can already see how moving four of our towels that don’t match into the laundry room as clean-up towels will be PERFECT!! I can’t wait to get all of the towels on one shelf in the linen closet! Thanks! 😘

  2. Andrea says:

    This is something you never really think about – towel numbers. 🙂 I loved this post because it is easy to go overboard with the towels. This definitely makes it easier to organize and truly keep what you need around instead of cleaning and stockpiling towels that you don’t.

  3. Chelsea says:

    Such a funny thing to focus on….but it’s true! I have the ‘what if’ towels stashed up!

    I don’t have any linen closets in my home (older home….where did they put these things?!) so I’ve had to pare down by necessarily, but I do need to get rid of some of the extras in the basement.

    Food for thought…and decluttering is a magically freeing thing!

  4. Erika says:

    Love this! I need to trim down our collection for sure

  5. Hawaii girl. says:

    About a year ago I had an epiphany to do just this with our towels! We have soooo many and I tend to let the 2 towel baskets full up before I finally wash them & then it’s a big project to get them all sorted and put away. I ran the idea past my husband and he scoffed! He thought it was a rediculous idea to down size on towels & said I should just get my act together and wash them more often. SO I never changed anything. But I laugh now reading this post because I still think about it all the time. So I’m going to make him read it and maybe just DO it without his knowledge. Hehehe.

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