Use these step-by-step instructions to properly fold bath towels and keep your linen closet in order.
Large towels should be folded in thirds, lengthwise, and hung over a towel rack from the center. This ensures that they will dry more quickly after use.
To fold a large bath towel, pick it up so that the front is facing you. Grasping it by the two upper corners, hold the towel up at shoulder height and stretch it out sideways so that it is smooth and flat.
Bring one corner toward the other to a point roughly two-thirds of the width of the towel. Hold it there as you fold the second corner of the towel over toward the first, creating three layers.
Pinch the folds between your fingers and shake the towel gently to distribute the folds. Tuck the towel between your chin and your chest to pin it down.
Grasp the towel midpoint down its length, then lift your chin to allow the top half of the towel to drop down over the bottom half.
Lay the towel on a flat surface and fold it again in the middle to form a neat bundle, and store it in the linen closet. If the towel is to be used right way, it doesn’t need as many folds; just flip it over a towel rack.
Having a different-colored towel for each family member makes it easy for people to find the right fresh towel when needed. Let children pick the color of their towel and they'll happily cooperate.
For best wear, ensure that you rotate linens. Place freshly washed towels on the bottom of the stack.
Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer
Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited