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    • London Town
    • By London Town 30th Aug 17, 6:30 PM
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    How many bathroom towels do you have?
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    • 30th Aug 17, 6:30 PM
    How many bathroom towels do you have? 30th Aug 17 at 6:30 PM
    Part of the ethos of "Old Style" to me, is looking for ways to simplify my life. One frustration I have, is that I feel I've got way too many towels - bath and hand size. I've yet to actually count them, but they fill half a standard size airing cupboard.

    Now, I appreciate all house holds are different and I live alone (only one bathroom), with my partner staying at the weekend. My parents died a few years ago and I kept some towels when clearing their home, but they don't have sentimental value.

    Therefore I'm left wondering, how many is too many?! A minimum for two people would be two hand towels and two bath towels, so one is in the wash, while one is in use, but that sounds a bit too extreme to me!

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    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 6th Sep 17, 10:00 PM
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    We inherited about 20 unused bath towels & hand towels from grandparents who hoarded them for a rainy day & my MIL likes to buy us new sets of bath/hand towels periodically. I have a few bath sheets which I prefer to bath towels.

    Some of our towels are getting a bit old these days so I'm just recycling them into cleaning cloths & whittling them down slowly. Hopefully by the time we do our bathroom re-fit in a couple of years, we'll need less storage space for them.
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    • AnneMary
    • By AnneMary 6th Sep 17, 11:11 PM
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    AnneMary
    I live alone and have three bath sheets which I rotate, two hand towels for the bathroom, a bath sheet and hand towel for guests plus two bath towels in case I have multiple guests.
    I have totally decluttered ( it took three years) and I recommend starting with quick, easy and unsentimental fixes like towels and bedding. Life is too short for tired towels. Extras are welcomes by animal rehousing places like Blue Cross or Clothes Banks
    • Nessie Noo
    • By Nessie Noo 7th Sep 17, 3:41 PM
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    Consider donating
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    Any local animal sanctuary would be happy to take old towels. Just a thought
    • AElene
    • By AElene 8th Sep 17, 11:05 AM
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    AElene
    I tried repairing my old towels which were going a bit threadbare, but without much success so they got turned into rags.

    We have about 4 large towels for showering, maybe 5 hand towels, mainly for standing on when you get out of the shower or for me drying my hair, and then about 5 or 6 'guest' towels which we use for drying our hands.

    I guess it depends on how often you want to launder them. I like to have a bit of a turnaround and I wash the towels about once a week.
    Ælene
    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 8th Sep 17, 1:47 PM
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    Blackbeard of Perranporth
    Out of my only towel, I'm getting another week from it!
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    • Valli
    • By Valli 9th Sep 17, 9:56 AM
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    I'm seeing quite a bit of love for bath sheets on this thread which surprises me.

    I inherited an old one from my parents and found it way too huge to be practical. It was from the 70's and falling apart anyway, so it was easy to chuck, but it's not a towel size I'd buy again.
    Originally posted by London Town
    I use bath sheets for myself as i can then decently walk from the bathroom to my bedroom. I also have a HUGE one which is brown and which I used in hospital having the kids - excellent colour

    PASTURES NEW - PLEASE use your 'too nice' sheets I stopped having 'for bests' some time ago.

    I have culled but I have

    Huge bath sheet
    Two bath sheets
    12 bath towels
    8 hand towels (used in kitchen too, and one as a hair wrap)
    LOTS of flannels.
    Towels are issued out one per person. Bath towels are NEVER shared here. And washed at 60 degrees.

    Thought of getting rid of the flannels - however as my hot water is currently off (boiler) I am having flannel washes so they are going to be needed I will use once - all over and strategically then wash them...I will also be popping out for a shower at some point today!

    Old towels get cut down for cleaning cloths. And then used and washed until they are no more practical use.
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    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 9th Sep 17, 10:29 AM
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    iammumtoone
    I dont know the exact count but far too many.

    We have nice ones for bathing and older ones for mopping up spillages which is regular occurrence (split drinks mainly).

    I do have two of my sons baby towels left (he is 10). I really need to replace them but trying to justify to myself buying baby towels with no baby in the house I use them all the time for drying/wrapping my hair, the part that you out over the babys head I put over my head and wrap round, it works well but a bit of an extravagance to purchase new ones when any towel (which I have plenty) can be wrapped round the head.
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 9th Sep 17, 1:19 PM
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    LameWolf
    I do have two of my sons baby towels left (he is 10). I really need to replace them but trying to justify to myself buying baby towels with no baby in the house I use them all the time for drying/wrapping my hair, the part that you out over the babys head I put over my head and wrap round, it works well but a bit of an extravagance to purchase new ones when any towel (which I have plenty) can be wrapped round the head.
    Originally posted by iammumtoone
    That's a revelation to me, I never heard of "baby towels". Is it actually easier to use them than "normal" towels for the hair? I ask because that's one thing I really struggle with - being disabled and with frozen shoulder to boot, and having to wash waist-length hair is not a good combination, and I'm wondering if this would make life easier, or would I just be throwing money away?
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    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 9th Sep 17, 2:21 PM
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    iammumtoone
    That's a revelation to me, I never heard of "baby towels". Is it actually easier to use them than "normal" towels for the hair? I ask because that's one thing I really struggle with - being disabled and with frozen shoulder to boot, and having to wash waist-length hair is not a good combination, and I'm wondering if this would make life easier, or would I just be throwing money away?
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    http://www.mothercare.com/towels-and-flannels/cuddle-n-dry---2-pack/LKA513.html?dwvar_LKA513_color=Duck%20%26%20Elepha nt&cgid=#q=baby+towel&start=2

    I tip my head forward and put the open triangle hood bit at the back of my head then wrap the rest of it around my hair and 'flip' it back. Not much different to what I would do with a standard towel, to me it is slightly easier but certainly not worth the money to spend on new ones.

    Do you know anyone with a baby about to grow out of these? Its something you need to try really before spending that much as I don't know if it would be a help to you, I still need to use my shoulder in the same way. They are smaller than ordinary towels so your long hair may not fit into them (mine is shoulder length).
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    • Kim kim
    • By Kim kim 9th Sep 17, 2:44 PM
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    Kim kim
    6 huge bath sheets, 6 large bath towels I use for hair, 6 hand towels I rarely use. Loads of flannels, all are white. They get little use & I rotate so they'll last ages.
    Two fushia pink huge beach towels :-)
    I live alone :-)
    • One-Eye
    • By One-Eye 10th Sep 17, 8:49 PM
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    One-Eye
    The bath sheets at Holiday Inn Berlin were so fluffy I could barely shut my suitcase.
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 11th Sep 17, 5:37 PM
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    YorksLass
    Hadn't really given it much thought until I saw this thread so had a count-up and found we probably have far too many!

    Two huge bath sheets that we don't use (too heavy) but they come in handy when flat-drying handknits
    15 large bath towels - tbf I did inherit some of these from late DF - that all get used in rotation
    4 thin bath towels that I use for drying my hair
    9 hand towels
    Several face cloths, all white
    Plus 6 small hand towels for the kitchen

    We really don't need any more, do we?
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