Where to give your unwanted towels? The local animal shelters use them as bedding for the pets. If you have too many blankets, they’ll take those as well. Blankets can also be given to the local nursing home to be used by the residents there. It really brightens up a nursing home resident’s life to have a pretty blanket instead of the standard issue white one.
Unsure how to start paring down your towels and blankets? Pick a shelf in your linen closet. Or start even smaller than that: pick just one pile from your linen closet. Do you really need all those towels and blankets? If the answer is yes, close the door and move on. If the answer is, “Well, I’m not sure,” or, “I have way more than I need,” then now is the time to take out the ones you no longer use.
Another method is to decide how many towels you need: how many bath towels? How many hand towels? How many washcloths? If you live alone, you might decide you just need three bath towels: one to use, one to use when the first is in the laundry, and one for when a guest comes. Depending on how often you do laundry or for how long you use a bath towel, your numbers might be different. Figure out a number that works for you, then slim down your supply accordingly.
If you’re unsure how many blankets and towels you really need, take a few and put them in a box or bag labeled with today’s date. Put the bag in the trunk of your car. If after a few months you realize you didn’t miss them, drop them off at the nursing home or animal shelter.