The 9th Minimize Minute

Too Many Towels

Here’s a new task to help simplify our lives and minimizing our households.

Challenge # 9 – Repurpose or get rid of excess towels.

How’d it go: My kitchen towels were overflowing from their cabinet, I had bath towels stored in three different places, and we never got to the bottom of any of the stacks before laundry day replenished it. Plus, we’re always in need of more boat towels and shop rags. It was as if the problem created its own solution.

I didn’t pull them all out and pile them together as Marie Kondo recommends in The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She wants you to see everything you have (in one category – towels, in this case) all together at once, and I can understand the value of that exercise. But I had a good grasp of our excess, and I wanted to save time for the latter part of this task. I simply went from location to location and pulled out any that were tattered, fraying or I plain didn’t like.

Some of them were cut into smaller squares for shop towels. (I may sew the rough ends later on.) Others went in the trash. And many of them went to my sewing room where I pulled out the instructions for my new sewing machine and learned how to make button holes. The reinforced stitching will help keep the towels from ripping as they hang in the boat. Fisherman and wind are hard on boat towels.

There are a lot of creative ideas for repurposing old towels online. Perhaps you’ll make them into a mop head, a large picnic blanket, a dog toy or use them for packing material. Nothing creative called my name, so I kept it simple.

While this challenge took longer because of the sewing, it was rewarding to minimize, tidy up, and learn a new skill all at the same time. In a little over an hour (owing to my total-rookie status at sewing), Tony had a stack of new boat towels ready for his busy summer guiding season, plus our kitchen towel cupboard, linen closet and bathroom shelf are neat and more manageable.


The 8th Minimize Minute

(Published in the March 20th issue of the Warroad Pioneer)


Author: Angle Full of Grace

A writer, woods-wanderer, and internal peace seeker who raises two free-range children in the wilderness, I escaped the wasteland of corporate America a few years back never to return. I write about love, family, mental health, addiction, parenthood and personal growth all through lens of place and connection to the land. Most entries are my weekly column for our local small-town newspaper, and there's an occasional feature story thrown in the mix as well.

3 thoughts on “The 9th Minimize Minute”

    1. The desire is barely there for me either…I wanted a sewing machine for the sole purpose of learning to hem my own jeans (since I’m a shorty). But now that I’m learning to use it as a tool, I’m finding more and more purposes for it. Thx for stopping by again, MM!

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