Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Cutting boards & Towels (Becoming Minimalist)


When I began this series, I kept circling back to my cutting boards.  I used to keep two ratty looking plastic ones, with corners melting from dishwasher misuse, and one day I looked at them and wondered why I still even used them.  They looked horrible, and tucked away, not being used, were two darling wooden cutting boards that would have worked just as well.  I immediately tossed the two ratty ones into the trash which should have long since been their resting place.

Which is a piggy back from my previous post about appearances...  We keep an excess of things without even thinking about why, often keeping our best things in hiding for some reason, not using them up and wearing them out.  Instead, we use our ugly looking muffin pans with rust on them instead of the nice one. (Er. Maybe that was just me...) In becoming minimalist, my first thought was more or less, "Do I actually need all of these things (example: cutting boards)?" Once I realized that my own personal capacity was really about two cutting boards total, (I mean, I only use one at a time anyway...I can't remember ever having two cutting boards sitting on the counter in use at the exact same time, ever.) (And I don't tend to use one strictly for meats because my habit is to hand wash them all immediately in really hot, soapy water, though I know some households have one just for meats.) I decided to evaluate my stash and keep only that which was in good condition, and would be used.  I can't say that I miss those two plastic cutting boards at all.


So that leads to a similar mindset about towels (and really all of life, when becoming minimalist). Do you want to venture a guess, how many homes I've walked in to organize, and found myself staring at a leaning tower of way too many towels? I get, that some people use a fresh towel daily. (My opinion on this however, is unless you're not cleaning yourself in the shower, you're just wiping clean skin down with the towel, and probably only need to change it on laundry days, which in this house is about twice a week.) That means for our home, we all really only need two towels a person, per week, but I keep inventory at three, to include those times when random extra teen boys need showers, or we have some overnight guests, which is also rare.  The total bath towels I have to manage in this family of four is twelve. Really, it's actually only four towels on laundry day, plus hand towels.  Not so bad.  I can handle that, and that's my capacity.  

What I see in the homes where they have stacks and stacks of towels bulging from their overstuffed linen closets, is this.  They tend to rotate through a few towels that get kept in the bathrooms, but the majority of them stay in the closet, never getting used, always looking new, and they keep washing and rehanging the same old towels, never dipping into their excess stash. It's true... so these lovely piles of towels just sit in a closet, getting that musty closet smell, and eventually they hire us to come in and take them to a donation site. Waste, from not living minimally.  Very common.  

 (RANT: And please don't even get me started on saving special towels for  guests.  For crying out loud...if the towels you're using for your LOVED ones in your own home aren't quality enough to offer guests, 1. Your guests should probably go to a hotel because they probably are a bit too much for the rest of your daily life and 2. Your loved ones are precious enough to get a nice towel, don't you think so perhaps it's time for an upgrade? You can get a decent towel for $3 at Target if you have to keep things on a low budget. Just saying.) (I prefer to get my fluffy white ones at Costco because they don't cost a fortune, bleach up great and last forever.) 

So I guess all this to say that if you're striving for a more minimalistic lifestyle with less clutter, less to manage and less stress overall.. these are the general guidelines behind every single minimalistic mindset out there-  Get rid of the crap.  Keep the quality, but keep the quality at a minimum so you have less to manage and store. 
Ahhh, minimalism helps one breathe... 





14 comments:

  1. No, thank YOU for writing and sharing, Sasha! I am loving these minimalist posts so much!

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  2. Just cut back on towels last month when buying new all matching ones for every bathroom. Felt good.

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  3. I'm the one with so many towels! My mom thinks she has to buy one every time she goes to the store I think....so they end up at my house. I've started passing some on to my daughter to take to college. And preach it about those plastic cutting boards. I also have two that need to be trashed! Wish you could come to Georgia to help me out! :)

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  4. Sasha I so need your help. Your home and its simple, organized feeling(with amazing taste) always speaks to me!

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    1. Oh girl, you can do it... just a little at a time!!

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  5. We recently reduced the number of towels and its been good but we had to get different colors for the kids so they'd stop "borrowing" extras. Its helped so much in reducing the amount of laundry and if they don't hang their towels up its on them to remedy.

    This is an area of minimalism that I have such a love/hate reaction to & frequently get tripped up in. I've found it really easy to constantly be searching for (and buying, ugh) "the best" solution. As I'm minimizing the kitchen this smokey summer I realize how many one hit wonders I've purchased because I read they're best at their task rather than a multipurpose solution (vegetables cut with a knife have no less nutritional value than ones spiralized.....) I keep trying to remind myself that my grandmother lived & ate well past 100 without much more than her knives and a box grater....its hard to put & keep on blinders when everything is available with three clicks of the keyboard.

    As always thanks for sharing what works for your family and your thoughts on downsizing!

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    1. Love this comment Shannon!! And I know what you're talking about! It can get out of hand getting minimalized... you just have to decide what the plan is, and then implement it all as you can. Keep going on it girl!

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  6. I just started switching all my bathroom towels to the thin Turkish towels. Each of my kids has just one bathroom towel. I like the Turkish towels bc they dry so fast and take up so little space. So even when I get a few extras, I won’t need much closet or shelf space to store them. They’re also beautiful hanging in the bathroom.

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  7. I couldn't agree more! I just cleaned out our linen closet this summer and now have two empty shelves. Love your blog and inspiration!!

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    1. Empty shelves and drawers are my fave!! Thank you!

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