It was 5:30 this morning, and I was trying to fall back to sleep after a restroom break. But I was distracted by an onion-y smell. Then I realized, “that’s my sheets!”
I started trying to think back and remember the last time I washed our sheets. I didn’t think it had been all that long ago…but I guess considering the fits of night sweats I’d had, it should have come as no surprise that my sheets smelled like onion.
Then by some random train of thought, I started to wonder if you know how many sheets and towels sets you should have.
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How Many Sheet and Towel Sets You Should Have
The answer is one for the bed, another for the linen closet, and one more in the laundry. That’s three sheet sets per bed.
This rule of thumb also applies to towels. So, each person in your household should have three towel sets.
How to Organize Sheets and Towels
Now, let’s talk about organizing your sheets and towels.
How to Organize Sheets
With one set on the bed and one set waiting to be washed, that leaves one set to fold and store in your linen closet. If you don’t have a linen closet you can store your extra set of sheets:
- in a bin in your bedroom closet
- in a bin under your bed
- between your mattress and box spring
- in an armoire
- in a spare bedroom closet
- in a storage bench at the foot of your bed or under your bedroom window
- in a basket kept in your room
I actually only have one set of sheets. The reason for that is, I know that when one set gets dirty, I’ll leave it sitting in the laundry room indefinitely. So, to avoid unwanted laundry piles, I just wash my sheets every two weeks. Sometimes I wash the pillow cases on that off week.
How to Organize Towels
If you don’t have a linen closet, there are many ways you can store your towels:
- in a basket next to the tub
- on a shelf in your closet
- on a chair next to the tub
- under the bathroom cabinet
- hung over a ladder
- on over the door towel rack
- in a linen tower
- in an over the toilet cabinet organizer
- in a spare room closet
I store my towels on a train rack that hangs in near the bath tub and I wash towels every Tuesday.
The bottom line is every household is different. You should have as many sheet and towel sets as works for you. You know you have too many if you don’t have enough room to store them or if you have sets you never use.
If you decide you have too many, you can donate them. If they’re still in good shape, try donating them to a women’s shelter. Otherwise, pet shelters can use them.
I’ve also repurposed sheets as drop cloths for painting projects and to cover plants in a freeze.