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Very serious question many tea towels is enough ?

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Willowisp Mon 27-May-13 12:29:38

I'm completely useless at de-cluttering, so thought I might start off with the tea towel drawer, which I can barely shut.

So that's it question will be about DD2's knicker & sock drawer..... grin

KatoPotato Mon 27-May-13 12:36:57

If your tea towel drawer shuts without a great degree of shoving you don't have enough!

newtonupontheheath Mon 27-May-13 12:40:43

When I clearer out my tea towels (when I was nesting....) I had 45!!!!
My bloody mother buys them for me if they are reduced, or Christmassy, or they match my kitchen.... I hadn't even used half of them!

I kept 10 and sent the rest to dh's work. I put the 10 in a bag, inside the drawer, and when I've used and washed them, I put them back but not in the bag. Have whittled down to 5 now as there was some staying in the bag that still never got used.
But I wash every day as have two under three.... So I guess it depends how often you have the washing machine on...

Jan49 Mon 27-May-13 14:31:02

I'd whittle it down to a number that can fit the drawer and then take into account how many are in use and in the wash at any time. I like to have one to use, one in the wash and at least one spare. I think I own 4 now.

With clothing, I would allow for how much you need on holiday if you might be away for 2 weeks and not doing washing. You could always just wait til your DC need a new size and then buy less if you always have plenty of spares.

noisytoys Mon 27-May-13 14:35:45

I have three t towels. That is plenty

OddSockMonster Mon 27-May-13 14:43:28

We have 8 tea towels and a bunch of muslin cloths. But we do have two very messy children with an amazing talent for knocking drinks over.

Highschoolsweetheart Mon 27-May-13 14:45:15

10–15 depending on how many people are in the house and if you have a dish washer.

Ogg Mon 27-May-13 14:49:33

agree 7/10 - clean one every day plus spares

dontsqueezetheteabag Mon 27-May-13 15:46:21

7-10 is perect I think. That way you can use a new one every day (if required) and have some spares.

My manky SIL seems to only own 1 - it's constantly fucking filthy! Urgh!

EarthtoMajorTom Mon 27-May-13 15:58:18

4 and a few old ones for mopping leaks smile

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Mon 27-May-13 15:58:40

I only use them once then they go in the wash (well over the rail to dry then into a bag by the washing machine) - I only wash them together (ie not in with clothes etc) so I have around 20 I think (never counted them!!).

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Mon 27-May-13 15:59:14

I can use 4 in a day without trying grin

lubeybooby Mon 27-May-13 16:00:26

I find none is fine.

I can't bear them even when washed daily. I use a dishwasher which dries them off nicely and kitchen paper if anything really needs it - which is very rare before everyone shouts at me for being wasteful hardly any gets used.

FattyMcChubster Mon 27-May-13 16:00:38

God we barely use ours blush hate drying dishes, always drip dry and mop up with another cloths/paper towels.
Thinking about it, it's only my mum who uses them and when she dries the dishes it makes me a bit grrr as I am an ungrateful wench

CointreauVersial Mon 27-May-13 16:04:24

Barely use them.

I think most of my collection date back to my childhood, and were handed on by DM, who doesn't use them either. I have a great 1970s "Women's Lib" cartoon one.

GetOrfMoiLand Mon 27-May-13 16:05:49

I have got about a dozen I think. I too can get through loads in a day without really thinking about it.

Willowisp Mon 27-May-13 17:51:28

20 is clearly too many then confused

Have removed 10, 2 currently in use (not sure why), the holey ones will be thrown away (one step at a time wink) & the other nice ones are in the utility room for when the other 10 need replacing. Thanks.

I don't use them for drying up though, just to dry my hands. I seem to wash my hands constantly when cooking.

Dd2's sock drawer is another day, but excellent point about them changing sizes - both are moving up to the next size, although dd2 always inherits z mishmash of Dd1's cast off's.

CremeEggThief Mon 27-May-13 17:55:25

Why not get a hand towel for the kitchen instead?

OvO Mon 27-May-13 17:58:34

I have 2. They only get used to take stuff out of the oven, I use kitchen roll for drying dishes or hands.

Vivacia Mon 27-May-13 18:07:03

Kitchen roll for drying dishes?

We have two tea towels and a matching hand towel. They're over 10 years old and I'm looking forward to getting new ones for a new kitchen.

Willowisp Mon 27-May-13 19:51:48

I don't dry dishes, they stay in dishwasher or drying rack & then are put away.

If I used a hand towel in the kitchen, I'd have to loose 22 tea towels & would run out of hand towels all the time wink

PigletJohn Mon 27-May-13 22:35:27

one is more than enough.

unhygenic things.

hot wash, drainer, air dry, put away.

TravelinColour Mon 27-May-13 22:36:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Shiraztastic Mon 27-May-13 22:37:43

I have about 7. I need at least twice as many sad

MousyMouse Mon 27-May-13 22:40:41

I have about 25.
the one for drying dishes (have a d/w so only the odd plate and the puddles on the underside of mugs) gets changed every day.
but I also use them to wrap my homemade bread in. I need so many so I can wash them separately with just soda crystals so my bread doesn't taste of soap.

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