How many towels do you have? I have one bath towel in use and one in waiting for each of us, although I know some people keep one towel a person, so the towel goes from rack to washer to dryer and back to the towel rack.
Check with your local animal shelters and wildlife rehabilitators to find out if they can use the old towel you have. If you keep a few old towels for wiping up mishaps, put these towels with cleaning supplies as opposed to storing them in your linen cabinet. If you are keeping towels for guests, consider how often you really have overnight guests and if you need to store multiple towels.
And don’t forget dish towels. I have three dingy, worn towels that I’ll be moving into the cleaning supplies closet. I’m going to see if I can get away with not replacing them and stick to four dish towels.
A friend recently told me about one of her friends who used her old towels and blankets to protect items during a move. When she unpacked, the towels and blankets went into a donation box.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.