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#1 of 33 Old 04-30-2009, 10:37 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Can you tell me how you manage your cloth napkins? I'm looking for a better looking/more workable solution.

Currently, we have our napkins shoved in an overfull kitchen drawer. At dinner we dig a few out and then toss them in the laundry basket. I'd love to have them folded nicely in some kind of container/holder in the center of the table, but I need inspiration!

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Ours are stacked in a drawer with kitchen towels. I'd like to keep them on the table but there's just not enough room. I have a bag that hangs on the side of my fridge, in the corner, where all the napkins & towels go when they're dirty.

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mine are folded in a kitchen drawer. The laundry is right off the kitchen so I can toss dirty ones as needed.

a drawback to keeping them on the table is you might be more likely to use more (grab a new one as oppose to using what you already have)

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Some of ours sit on the table in a square basket...the rest of them ( we have a LOT of them!) are folded up and on a little shelf in a little closet in the kitchen (I guess you would call it a small pantry???) so we can easily grab more if needed.
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We keep some folded in our napkin holder. The rest are folded in a drawer in the kitchen.

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I have several kitchen drawers: one is dedicated to kitchen towels and washcloths, and the one under it holds the cloth napkins in front, and behind the napkins we put aprons, extra pot holders- random kitchen linens we don't use too often but still need occasionally. These are deep drawers, separate from the shallow ones we use for utensils. The tablecloths don't fit in the kitchen so they're in a dresser drawer in DS' room.

I don't like keeping clean linens "out". I could just picture somebody spilling a glass on the table and then the ENTIRE stash of cloth napkins need to be laundered because one corner of all of them gets full of orange juice.

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I use a basket--not on the table but in the dining room.
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For the table, I have an old silver plated toast holder I got for free when I helped my aunt clean her house. Its supposed to hold 8 slices of toast, but instead it holds 8 folded napkins. The surplus napkins I keep folded in a drawer with extra towels and washcloths. I'm sure you could find one pretty easily at a garage sale or a thrift shop.
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We keep them folded (3 yo has taken the job of folding the napkins and washcloths upon himself) in a basket on the kitchen counter or on a shelf in our pantry and grab them at mealtime. Kitchen towels I keep folded above the sink.
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Mine are half shoved into a kitchen drawer and half in a closet off the kitchen. I'm getting the urge to find a new home for them now after reading the thread.

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We keep them folded (3 yo has taken the job of folding the napkins and washcloths upon himself) in a basket on the kitchen counter or on a shelf in our pantry and grab them at mealtime. Kitchen towels I keep folded above the sink.
we do this too. three baskets:
dish towels, napkins, and kitchen washrags

I guess four:
dirty kitchen laundry

I only have two drawers in my kitchen, two small drawers. Our four baskets sit on a bookshelf in the pantry area.

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Mine are folded into stacks in a sideboard right behind dh's chair in the dining room. The placemats are in there too. Usually the napkins in current use stay on the table in between meals for a day or two or three (depending on how messy the meals have been). I keep them out of the kitchen and away from the dish towels and kitchen cloth so the napkins won't get used to wipe up anything too gross. Our house is full of pieces of cloth for various purposes and I try to store them separately so dh and dd will know what they are for.

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We keep ours in a basket on the table.
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We have two rectangular baskets on top of the fridge, we keep the dishtowels in one and the napkins in the other.

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I keep them in a pretty glass bowl in the center of the table.
dishrags and stuff are in a basket on top of a cabinet near the dining table. I don't fold the rags and towels, but I do fold the napkins.

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Ours are in a basket not on the table, but within reach. Then we hang on the back of our chairs if still clean enough to reuse at the next meal. (If they end up on the floor then we use them to clean the floor a little.)

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I keep mine in a pretty basket that lives on the dining room table. What doesn't fit in the basket goes in the linen closet. Works for me!

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Thanks everyone! I'm searching my house now for a nice little basket or bowl for the table. My next stop will be the thrift shop where I know I'll find something.

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I have a square wicker basket,maybe 7x7 and when the napkins come out of the dryer I fold them in four and they fit perfectly.This basket sits in my dining room on a cupboard.

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Ours are in the drawer with the dish towels. We keep the extras that are new (my mom gives us lots of dish towels and napkins as gifts) in the linen closet with the rest of our linens. If our kitchen were larger and we could keep our table opened fully I would keep them in a basket on the table.
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Is there a significant benefit to using cloth napkins over paper ones? I never really thought about using cloth on a daily basis. I just use mine when we have company.

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Is there a significant benefit to using cloth napkins over paper ones? I never really thought about using cloth on a daily basis. I just use mine when we have company.
We started using cloth napkins about a year ago and it really just reduces the amount of paper napkins you have to buy (so better for the pocketbook and the environment). When we started using cloth, I had about half a bag of paper napkins left and I still have most of it (we do use paper when one particular nephew comes to visit because he is a messier eater than my 4 year old!). I just throw them in the wash with my towels, and, surprisingly, haven't had any trouble with staining. We do have one nicer set that we save for company we want to impress, but since we never have company we want to impress, they are just taking up space, lol!
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I have a corner bakers rack behind the kitchen table and I have them on the middle shelf in a basket in my arms reach . We have a smallish kitchen, no dining room so almost everything is in arms reach :
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I have two baskets that look like wire trash cans painted green. One for dirty napkins, one for clean. I'm thinking of switching to wicker of some sort - I'm ready to change things up.

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I was halfway through the first post before I realized we were talking about table napkins.

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I keep them in a small rectangle basket that is on a small bookself about 4 feet from the table. Easy enough.

I wish I had prettier napkins though.
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We have a small antique hutch in our eating area, so the napkins are placed in a drawer. I can reach over & open the drawer during our meal if needed. With a two year old, that happens ALOT

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DD made a square box in pottery class a few years ago. We keep this on the table and fill it with napkins. The rest, I keep in a drawer in the kitchen. I'm constantly refilling the box on the table...actually, I need to just make more napkins.
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I keep mine in the linen closet of the downstairs bathroom that is right next to the kitchen. They have the shelf with the washcloths and are easily accessed by us and the kdis.

However I have decided that when we run out of paper towels I am going to stock a bunch of cloth napkins in a drawer in the kitchen ( don't know where I will put what's in there now) to use instead. When I first got married I went a bit nutty and went on a cloth napkin binge at TJMaxx and Marshalls, they have then pretty and cheap.

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The cloth napkins are beside the flatware, in the same drawer.

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