The answer is somewhere between one towel and several hundred
There’s a lot of things you need to figure out once you become an adult: A budget, how to google various illnesses so you don’t shell out copays, home repairs, and the exact number of minutes you can lay in bed in the morning without being late to work. Towel ownership is also a hot topic according to a recent Twitter thread.
Twitter user Abdul (@Advil) threw out a question after he and girlfriend, Anna, moved in together and discovered they disagreed on a critical relationship pillar — how many towels is just the right amount of towels one should own.
hello fellow adults. my gf and i have a question… what is the correct amount of towels to own? i said 10 and she looked at me like i was crazy. we have zero frame of reference on the appropriate amount of towels in a household of two.
— abdul (@Advil) February 17, 2019
“Hello fellow adults,” he wrote. “My gf and i have a question… what is the correct amount of towels to own? i said 10 and she looked at me like i was crazy. we have zero frame of reference on the appropriate amount of towels in a household of two.” He failed to mention if Anna believes they should own more or less than ten towels but it seems the folks of Twitter believe the answer is somewhere between one and several hundred:
10 is appropriate— jerm (@yung__father) February 17, 2019
42— EJ Willingham (@ejwillingham) February 18, 2019
My random rule of thumb: Two full sets for each person in the house, plus a full set for each guest you have space for. If you have a dog, you need approximately 100 more. https://t.co/8aOce2GI3L— Lauren Morrill (@LaurenEMorrill) February 18, 2019
The correct amount is, the amount she tells you is the correct amount— Captain Cope (@chillblaine) February 18, 2019
You're welcome. Five bucks, please. https://t.co/CjbAdvAyIL
Even Target got in on the action — because if you want a decent towel at a fair price, you know a trip to Target is in your near future:
We're just gonna leave this here... https://t.co/Iwpzz9eD7x— Target (@Target) February 18, 2019
Apparently, there’s no secret equation that’s unlocked when you become an adult that gives you the exact amount of towels one should own, which is disappointing. Sure, some of it has to do with bathroom cabinet space, but mostly it comes down to how much of a hoarder you are and how often you like to do laundry.
It would be nice in general to have some sort of handy dandy guide on adulting. I visited my best friend over the summer and came to find out after 25 years of friendship that she only owns one spatula because “You only use one at a time so why would you have more than one?” Just when you think you really know someone. I own seven. You just never know.
But back to the towel debate:
The true cost of towel-ownership is the space it takes up, not the price of the towels, so the appropriate amount to own is a function of local housing costs.— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 18, 2019
My roommate uses a new one every time he showers and thinks it’s normal. Can someone confirm?— Jason (@jasonms316) February 17, 2019
Last time we moved house my Mum counted over 80 towels. Between 3 of us.— WelshGirlAbroad (@WGAbroad) February 18, 2019
I have acne prone skin. I like to use a new towel every day to prevent break outs. The most environmentally reckless thing you can do is have children. I don’t have children, so I can use all the towels I want.— Amy (@AmyHeckathorn) February 18, 2019
As a couple you should own a minimum of the following— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 18, 2019
10 Bath Sheets
10 Bath Towels
10 Hand Towels
20 Wash Cloths
Preferably more https://t.co/CWqd8kp5vJ
Which prompted a fair question:
Did a towel write this https://t.co/MjmoaHk1lm— The Other Matt Brown (@MattSBN) February 18, 2019
Towels fall under a similar category in that you want to have clean ones available for guests, enough to get you through a week without doing laundry, and 15 additional if you own a dog.
Then, throw kids in the mix and you’ll need to up your towel ownership by a multiplier of 75. Kids may be small but they’re dirty and depending on their age and time of year require at least three to seven baths per day, plus several spares lying around when they decide to flush G.I Joe action figures down the toilet.
At this point, it sounds like Abdul and his girlfriend only have themselves to consider, which is fun. It doesn’t really matter at this point because when they get married any current towels will get tossed to the side for the monogrammed variety. You have the same last name now, Abdul, you’ve just moved into the married towel category. Just one more stage of adulting no one warns you about.