Most people own enough towels to effectively dry an entire Olympic swimming team. (Unless you’re an air-dry purest, in which case, more power to you, and may the breeze be ever in your favor!) Towers of these water soppers constantly threaten to topple out at us, so we stack, roll, and cram them into our linen closets like anxious squirrels awaiting the water apocalypse.
Let me be clear:
No one needs enough towels to sop up a simultaneous flood, oil spill, and home invasion by a pack of muddy golden retrievers.
Decluttering my towels was one of my very first minimalist undertakings.
Here’s how I did it and you can, too.
- Ask yourself one simple question: How many towels do I need?
- Make the contents of your towel cupboard match that number.
It’s as simple as that, but remember… the emphasis is on need. When I asked myself this question, my answer was: two per adult, one per kid, two for guests.
Yes, it felt crazy, but I minimized to just nine towels that day. Since then, I have delegated one of these towels strictly for spills, so we have eight bath towels total. (And in case you’re wondering, we also have one beach towel per person, bringing the grand total of Lounsbury body sham-wows to 13.)
The best part about decluttering towels is that they are the BEST donations! If you live in Dayton, the St. Vincent DePaul Shelter is constantly in need of towels for their guests. I’d wager a guess that the homeless shelter in your community is no different. So donate those towels with a grateful heart and make a very real difference to those in need!
Remember, this week’s tip will bring you one step closer to less stuff and more peace of mind. Cheers to that!
Your Personal Minimalism Coach
PS I’d love to hear about your towel success story! So…
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