Properly Folded Towels

Finally– a properly folded towels movement. Though I disagree with their methodology, I heartily support the effort.

See, y’all read this and think…um, what’s so hard about folding towels? You just fold them, right? Surely you’ve not gone to the dark side of towel-fascism?
And–most importantly– surely you are not complaining– out loud— about how someone else folds a towel? After all, it’s a towel you didn’t fold yourself!

I’m going to kick my toe in the sand and grin ruefully here, as I fully admit to being totally batshit about how my towels are folded.

I didn’t used to be. Seriously. I totally remember thinking my own beloved Nanny was totally batshit about the towel thing, after being lectured about how I had not only folded the towels wrong, but had also neglected to line up the seams properly. I mean, I fixed it–because even at 75 years old, 60 inches tall, and 80 lbs–she scared me into compliance. But in my head? I decided she had WAY too much free time and WAY too much OCD.

Then I moved to a Small House and became a Stay at Home Mom to Small People, quickly realizing that there are like 10 things in my life that I can fully and consistently control. And one of those things happens to be my towel folding methodology. At this point, my entire day can be totally ruined by looking into my teeny-tiny linen closet and seeing a torrential mess of jumbled, ill-folded bath towels. Beyond the visual affront, a full load of clean towels will simply not fit unless arranged properly. I mean, I stopped insisting that other people coordinate the towels into specific color stacks. And I’m only talking about two shelves of ordered happiness, having now long given up on anyone else turning the bottles label-side out, in line by size. That’s progress, people.

Yes, I do recognize how utterly unimportant and ridiculous this is in light of world hunger, deficits, and civil rights violations. But somewhere in my utterly non-linear ADHD brain I crave straight lines and order. My inability to attain this order in more than 2 shelves of towels is one of those big life failures I struggle with on a daily basis. So, dammit, just fold the damn towels the way I want them, and no one will get hurt.

3 thoughts on “Properly Folded Towels

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  2. This makes me laugh because I also have two tiny shelves for towels, and I really ENJOY looking at those neat white stacks with no edges showing. I will actually open the little closet door, and stand there admiring my mad organizational skills (when it comes to towels. Don’t look at my huge box of last year’s paperwork still waiting to be filed). But last weekend Anna wanted to help me fold laundry, and I’m not going to ever say no to that. I decided the only thing I could trust her not to butcher were the towels… and she happily folded stack after stack of each-one-different hand towels. And it broke a little part of my heart to accept her towel folding, and put them on the shelf. 🙁 I know there will be a fall-out — David won’t be able to find a clean towel because he won’t recognize that those actually ARE the hand towels… etc. But who can say no to a child who wants to fold laundry? Because I hate housekeeping THAT MUCH, I am willing to let go… this week at least.
    Thank you for this post!! I love the picture with the notation.

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