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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:03:51 PM
We have 2 bath towels per person, 2 hand towels (for the family) per set of bath towels

1 set of sheets per person

extra blankets

How about you?

Also if I switch to all white towels, will they stay white? My colors fade and get discolored.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:08:05 PM
Everyone has two full sets of sheets. We also have spares for the guest bed and camping.

We all have four bath towels and there are four hand towels for each set. We have spare sets for guests.

Extra blankets and pillows for guests.

I buy stacks of white wash clothes, but they don't stay white for very long...even with bleaching. But, dd and I both use them for washing our face/taking off our make-up.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:15:20 PM
I try to keep three sets of sheets per bed (old rule = one on the bed, one in the laundry, one on the shelf). Usually it's a flannel set for winter, and a couple of sets of cotton sateen or percale for year-round.

Ditto on towels per person. Actually, the reality is, I probably have half a dozen towels upstairs in my bathroom and the same number downstairs in the guest bath. Usually it's just me here, but if I have company, they're young and liable to run through a lot of towels.

A down comforter on every bed, also an electric blanket on the main guest bed this time of year, and various quilts and blankets floating around the house at all times.

I go through a lot of hand towels, dish towels, stuff like that. Change them every day or so.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:20:18 PM
Am I the only one who has never given this topic a thought? LOL

My kids, and I, each have 2 sets of sheets per bed. Towels...I just have a huge amount of them, and when I wash them, I just divide them up between our master bath and the kids bathroom. I used to care which towels got put in which bathroom and I don't anymore. As long as each bathroom has a sufficient number of towels and washcloths, that is all I care about.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:28:14 PM
We have two sets of sheets per bed.

I have no idea how many towels we have. There are certain colors that go in our bathroom and certain colors for dd's bathroom. Everything else goes in the hallway for the other two kids to share. We have ample towels. There are still some floating around from my wedding showers which were over 16 years ago.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:51:55 PM
I never thought about it either, but Seanna mentioned having 36 towels. Since that is so opposite of me (provided she doesn't have a dozen people in her house) I thought it would be interesting to see how many the rest of you have.

I do like the idea of a second set of sheets so they don't HAVE to get washed the same day.



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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:56:44 PM
3 sets of sheets, 2 cotton and 1 flannel.

There is not a set amount of towels per person. We have plenty including pool towels for the backyard!

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Posted: 1/13/2013 7:58:28 PM
We have about a dozen towels per person. About 5 washcloths and handtowels per person.

We're a wash after every use towel family, so there's no way we could have only one or two per person.

They're all bright, beautiful colors like hot pink and teal. No problems with fading, even with washing after each use.

And sometimes I use 2 or 3 towels per bath, lol. Like if I use one as a pillow while I soak on a bubble bath and it gets wet so I want another one to dry off with.

2 sets of sheets per bed. An entire closet full of extra blankets, becaus I like options

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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:01:11 PM
We have plenty of pool towels. Plus a few that were abandoned by their owners.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:01:34 PM
We have a ridiculous amount of extra linens, but they really do come in handy.

When we lost power, it was really, really nice to have a shelf full of extra blankets to pile on top of everyone in their beds to keep them warm.

And all of us, even DH & I, have had middle of the night sheet changes. So I will always try to have extra sheets for everyone. We've even had nights with the kids where we had to change the sheets twice in a single night. So it is very nice to have so many extras in that regard. (Extra mattress pads, too, so that I am never putting a kid on an unprotected mattress.)

And of course it's great to have extras of everything when we have a sleepover or the kids want to make nest, tents, forts, etc. in the living room.

And as long as you have the room, extra towels always come in handy. We keep one or two in the diaper bag, some in the car, etc..

DS was sick recently and wanted to lay on the sofa, but I was concerned about diaper accidents, so I layered a mess of towels on the sofa first, and then put down a soft blanket for him. That way he was comfy but I wasn't worried.

Yeah, we definitely get good use out of all of our linens.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:02:03 PM
It's just DH and I now, but when the kids were home, I had 3 sets of sheets per bed. We didn't have towels that were specific for a certain person - just about 10 towel sets now (more when the kids lived at home).

I have extra blankets and pillows for guests.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:11:11 PM
Two sets of sheets for each bed. Each bed has the sheets, 2 blankets, the comforter/duvet and then an extra comforter/blanket at the end of the bed (I like the nice cover to be turned down and then add a comforter if we need it). I have 2 pillows each for sleeping (in addition to all of the throw pillows on the beds). I have an extra spare set of sheets and blankets for the livingroom, just in case.

As far as towels, DH and I have 1 HUGE, thick towel each, that I wash every 3 days. I have a lot of other towels in the closet, endless fingertip towels, etc., and I have a basket in the bathroom with some face creams and cleansers, with rolled up white washcloths to wash your face with. I think I have a stack of about 20 washcloths that I rotate and keep in that basket. They stay pretty white.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:12:22 PM
We registered for a large number of towels when we were getting married. Due to some issues there wasn't a lot of merchandise available for people in one area to choose from, so we got every single towel we registered for. And they are amazing towels. They just won't die. (Maybe because they all receive less wear than usual since their are so many of them.) So we have all of those. Plus a few times we were given more over the years. AND our kids were given baby towels & washcloths and beach towels many times. So we are so, so set for towels.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:34:57 PM
There are only two of us.

We have about fourteen bath towels, twelve hand towels (six in our bath and six in the guest bath). We also have about 6-8 pool towels.

As for bedding, we have two sets of complete bedding (sheets, blanket and comforter), plus several additional blankets.

For our camper we have a flannel set and a cotton set of sheets, one blanket, one comforter and a quilt. Plus two extra blankets. Two each of bath, hand, and beach towels.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 8:54:00 PM
We have 3 sets of sheets for our bed - one flannel that is for winter only and 2 sets of white cotton or whatever. We have had both white sets for about 5 years and they are still perfectly white and in great shape (they were really good quality / high thread count and I think that has made a difference).

Towels are out of control at our house! I probably have 25ish bath towels. It's just DH and I - no kids, so that's way too many for us. Some of them were wedding gifts (those are about 10 years old), and there are even a few from my college apartment (about 14 years old). Most of them we bought when we bought our first house, so they are in the color schemes we used then. Basicially a whole bunch of mismatched towels! Very soon I'm going to clean them all out and get all new white ones. I've been saying that for awhile now - it's hard to make myself do it when they serve thier purpose just fine!

One thing I don't have nearly enough of is washrags. I don't know what happens to them but they seem to disappear. I have way less of those than anything else... maybe a total of 7 or so.

We also have lots of beach towels. We live on the coast and are always going to the pool, beach or boating. So we need lots because we do use them - but they take up so much room that it's frustrating trying to store them.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:22:59 PM
We have a gazillion towels/washcloths. Seriously, I would hate to have to count them! Many are getting stained and raggedy, but whenever one of the kids takes a shower and forgets to tuck in the curtain, I'm grateful.

Sheets... We have a few sets of twin, maybe 3 sets of queen, and countless full size sheets.

Nobody here pays much attention to the linens unless they run out. LOL

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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:24:49 PM
DS has three sets of sheets for his bed. I have way more than that for mine, but will fully admit some need to be tossed as they're not in the best shape. I have two that I use regularly.

Towels give birth in my linen closet. I swear they do. I have eight towels for myself in the master. 4 body and 4 smaller hair ones. Two matching hand towels. DS bathroom probably has 20-30 towels in there on a conservative guess. Thats not including hand towels. I have a few of the nicer ones for guests. The nothing wrong with these so the kid gets to use them because, damn, what does he do to the good towels? Finally I have the, these are pretty crappy...hide them in the bottom back of the closet for things like toilet overflows and stuff.

I also have a laundry basket stored in the garage with garage towels. Those are the ones that aren't even worthy of toilet overflow cleanup in the house. I don't care if I have to throw one away when it is done being used in the garage.

I couldn't tell you when the last time I bought towels. It has been years. I don't know where they all come from.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:39:49 PM
For dh and I think we have 4 bath sheet/large towels, 4 regular bath towels, 4 hand towels, and 4-6 wash cloths. For guests we have tons. I bought a couple packs of the "hotel" towels at Costco. So I think I have 12 bath towels, 12 hand towels, and 24 washcloths. All white. Then I also have a couple other sets of guest towels that I have bought over the years. Usually 4 towels, 2 hand, 2 wash. I think I have 3-4 different colored sets like that.

Sheets: We have 6 or so sets for our bed - 2 flannel, the rest cotton, all but one are white. For each of the guest beds we have 2-3 sets. For dd's crib we have 6 or so sheets.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 10:49:44 PM
We have loads of towels, probably at least 6 per person if not more.

DSO and I have recently upgraded to a King size bed, so we only have 2 sets of bedding. The kids both have Queen beds. They have about 4 doona covers and pillow cases each but only 2 fitted sheets.

I think we have about 3 extra doonas (comforters). No such thing as a blanket in my house.

My Aunty gave me cream towels and face cloths for Christmas. I'm not fond of them, the face cloths are already stained from my make up! None of my coloured towels have faded.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:00:42 PM
We don't have 'assigned' sheets or towels here.

There are 4 of us here all the time, and my dh is here about half the time.

I have 11 bath towels, no hand towels, and probably 10 or 12 washrags.

Our bed is queen size and we have 4 sheets for that.

My older boys both have twin beds and we have 6 or 7 sheets for those (they each have 2 that they picked out that are theirs only and the others are ones that I picked up on sale or are older).

My little ds is in a toddler bed so he is the only one that uses the sheets for his bed. He has 4 or 5...they are left from his crib when he was a baby and since he's become obsessed with superheroes, he's picked out another one.

I keep 2 blankets, plus comforter, on our bed.

Older boys each have 2 blankets they sleep with each night.

Little ds has 4 blankets that are 'his' size.

Then we have an extra queen comforter and probably 5 other blankets that are queen and double size. Then a few lap throws.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:16:45 PM
Each bed has at least two sets of sheets--one flannel and one regular.

My boys have their own sets of towels--probably six each. My husband and I probably have ten towels that we use in our bathroom. When my youngest goes away to college in the fall, I will probably buy him a bunch more towels, so he won't have to do laundry as often.

Maybe eight hand towels? Two per bathroom and washed often. We don't have very many washcloths. We don't really use them.

I don't know how many blankets we have, but it is a lot! I have three on my bed right now, and I bet each kid has three as well.

I feel like I am pretty average when it comes to linen ownership.

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Posted: 1/13/2013 11:21:49 PM
I like linens!

My house is small and there isn't much room to rearrange the furniture. So, I use linens to satisfy my need for change. Therefore, I have a ridiculous amount of duvet covers, quilts, sheet sets. Always on the lookout for more.

There is also a closet full of towels. I've never counted them. But, we've gone a couple of weeks without washing towels on occasion. I change out the hand towel, at minimum, daily.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 12:29:18 AM
We have the ability to sleep (beds, futons, fold outs) 6 or 7.

We used to have two queen beds, down to one queen and one full.
One sets of bath towels so call it 8 sets.

I have threes sets of sheets for our bed (king) and for the queen bed, 6 sets of sheets (used to have two beds), and two sets for the full, the futons and the fold outs (one cotton, and the other flannel)

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Posted: 1/14/2013 12:29:29 AM
We have:

Two spring/summer (super high thread count cotton) sets and two late fall/winter (heavy flannel) sets of sheets for each bed

Each bed has at least three blankets and two quilts specifically for them

I have dozens of extra quilts here too ready to use because we don't typically heat our home. Our heater is set at 45, so lots of blankets and quilts ate essential

We also have three towels, hand towels and wash cloths per person

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Posted: 1/14/2013 12:35:59 AM
I have 2 sets of flannel and 2 sets of cotton (regular weave?) per bed. There are 3 queens, 1 king and 1 twin in the house.

I have piles of towels. Piles. Which is good because, my kids can't be bothered to wash the towels for their bathroom. They have white towels which get bleached to stay white. All of the colored towels get washed in in cold and don't really fade.

I have many comforters. Each of the bedrooms has a few different ones to change out for different seasons. I get bored easily, and comforters are an inexpensive way to change up a room's decor.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 2:07:55 AM
I have never counted towels.

I think two sets of sheets per bed. In case of accidents/illness.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 2:11:19 AM
I've no idea! I just accumulate stuff over the years, a lot of it is interchangable.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 3:26:49 AM
I was contemplating this subject this weekend. I am planning to completely renovate my main bathroom this spring, and trying to decide whether to get a bath with a shower area in it or separate stand alone shower. The latter would mean not having a linen cupboard however- and I have never not had one. It is always completely rammed full and I was wondering where I would keep all that,or whether we would have to live with much fewer linen and towels, which I can't imagine, as I try not to tumble dry much (cost).

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Posted: 1/14/2013 5:02:46 AM

We have four set of sets for our bed (queen sized) and three sets for the guest room bed (double) and for our grandson's toddler bed there are three sets was well.

There are four sets of towels for our bathroom - a set being two bath sheets, hand towels and floor mat.

The main bathroom has three sets and the grandsons have their own towels and face washers which there are numerous of these.

When DS and DD were at home they each had three sets for their beds and towels were for the bathroom not individuals.

I like the idea of one on the bed, one in the wash and one spare if needed.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 5:56:58 AM
We have two bath towels per person
One set of sheets for each bed plus an extra set
Each bed also has two blankets and a quilt plus two extra in the closet
Two pillows for each bed plus two extra in the closet

My towels are dark brown. We've had white before because I liked being able to bleach them but they always seemed to still get stains that bugged me (3 kids tend to do that HA!). So we deal with faded towels. But we move about every 3-4 yrs and I like new so they are rotated out before they get too awful. However the most recent towels I bought at TJMaxx and they are the best towels we've ever had. No more buying towels from Target or Walmart for me


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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:10:29 AM

but they don't stay white for very long...even with bleaching.

I swear one time I heard that bleaching will actually yellow towels over time. I don't remember where or the context, but it was specific to towels. In other words--bleach is good for socks and undershirts . . . . Anyway, because if this I've always used Biz or Oxyclean. My towels aren't BRIGHT white anymore, but they're not yellowed. More like the white version of fading. Might be worth a try.

We have two sets of sheets per person. All white, all the same brand so I don't have to worry about whose sheets are whose. We all shower in the same bathroom. It's just stocked with (again, white) towels but I can't say how many. Probably about 2/person???? White hand towels in all bathrooms as well (again, so I don't have to worry about which bath each belongs in!).


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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:31:19 AM
Each kid has 2 towels and 2 wash clothes that match the color of their room for their use exclusively. We then have probably 15 towels, 6 hand towels and an unknown amount of wash clothes that all match for family use. Once we finish our downstairs bath reno there will be new towels for that bathroom that will match the decor in there.

Plus we have maybe 20 dish towels and 20 kitchen exclusive wash clothes.

We have 2 sets of sheets for each bed, but generally when a set is taken off they are washed and put back on the same day, so unless someone is sick and sheets need changing in the middle of the night the spare sets never get used.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 8:54:35 AM
I would say I have 3 or 4 towels per person, at least 3 sheet sets per bed and a large number of pool/beach towels.

But I mostly just use the one set of sheets per bed. Strip bed, wash sheets, put them back on. But they are available if needed. I didn't buy them specifically for that purpose, but every time the room decor changed, I bought sheets to match and never purged the old ones.

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Posted: 1/14/2013 9:11:30 AM
We have 2 sets per bed, plus an extra queen set for the pull-out couch.

All my towels are white. We prefer the biggest, the bath sheets.

We even have one set, distinguishable as there is a duck cut into the velour side, that we got at our wedding shower, 26 years ago. White never fades.


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Posted: 1/14/2013 9:35:30 AM
I guess I'm the odd-ball here.

I dislike storing linens. We have one set of sheets per bed, (we have two twin beds, one full bed, one queen bed and one kind bed) and an extra king sized set which can be used on any bed in case of a night time emergency. Then the original set would be washed and replaced.

We dry after bathing with a hand towels (per person), except for DD who uses a regular sized towel because she has long hair. They are used twice, then laundered. Wash cloths are probably our largest inventory- maybe 20 or so. The kids each use one in the morning and one at night, I use one daily and DH uses one daily. I wash a load of towels/wash clothes twice a week, and sheets every two weeks. (we shower before bedtime)

The towels are white and get bleached with every washing. The wash cloths are colored, mainly because of make up removal which seems to discolor white ones, even when I bleach them. As the edges start getting stringy, we toss them into the "car towel" box and they become official "rags". I use them for dusting, or other household cleaning, and DH uses them in the garage.

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