What about pillowcases? I guess one for each bed pillow plus one spare per pillow?
I'm drowning in linens. I already pared us down to two sets of sheets per bed, which was a huge step for me!
SAHM to twin kindergarteners
Each bed (me/dh, dd, and ds) has one mattress cover and two sets of sheets with two pillowcases each. (All four of us use two pillows at night.) Our guest bed gets one set of sheets.
Towels - I have eight towels, eight handtowels, and eight washcloths. Four each to use, four to wash.
I also have a bunch of beach towels/cleaning towels in the bottom of the closet for messes/outside stuff, etc. There are about six, I think, for "just in case" stuff.
The bonus of downsizing - it all fits in the closet now. I just didn't *need* all of that linen!
One towel to use and one to wash per person, plus two extras. This allows for the extras and the clean "wash" ones to be used for guests. I have a bunch of facecloths because I like to change those at least once a day. I guess the facecloths work out to three per person. I also have three towels for messy work or for when a kid is sick. I only have two handtowels and I only ever put them out for guests.
Gee, that all sounds like a lot! Hmmm.
Me + Him + DD + DSS1 + DSS2
I have two sets per guest bed too.
The kids have a pile of baby and kid sized bath towels - maybe a stack of 10 towels. We use them up weekly. DH and I each have 3 sets, and we have 6 guest sets. Note that my sister had 3 kids so when they come, it's 5 extra people and DH has 3 sibs so when everyone descends on us we can run short. Also there is not enough room to hang all the towels for everyone so I end up running laundry more often just to keep ahead of things getting musty.
I keep a lot of the guest bedding in plastic tubs rather than in my linen closet, that helps keep clutter down.
I put the sheets for my kids beds in their underbed totes, and reorganized the shelves so I can see everything. When we moved in back in April I kind of threw things at the closet and they landed wherever the wind took them.
SAHM to twin kindergarteners
We dont use face washers or hand towells. But when I used to we had two hand towells. And we still have four facewashers just because I havent seen a need to give them away since they take up so little space.
As for sheets we co-sleep so only need the one bed size. We have 4 pillowcases and two fitted sheets. I dont used flats so we dont have those. I also have a spare quilt cover, but it rarely gets used as its a bit nicer so would only be if we were having guests (we have a very open living house- no doors). When my kids get a bit older Im going to get a bunk for them and I would have a fitted for both beds and probably one spare. I tend to use the same sheets anyway and they are easy to get dry by the afternoon anyway. We line dry, even most of winter (but Im in Australia so its workable). But we have a dryer any way so really spares are just in case disaster of some kind strikes in the middle of the night
Gone but not fogotten.
Towels are two sets each as well, but I recently bought some new towels and can't bring myself to get rid of the old ones even though they no longer get used so towels are bulging again.
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My DH and I have two sets of sheets - flannel for winter and regular for summer. I'd like an extra of each so that we don't have to try to get the bedding done all in one day but never seem to get around to it.
For towels, we have 8 bath towels that double as beach towels, and two hand towels. We have no linen closet so having more is a problem. This allows up to 5 guests at one time. Again, we would borrow if we ever had more people here.
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