Last week I hit rock bottom.
Rock bottom on linens.
We had the perfect storm of an aggressive stomach bug, a child that hasn’t mastered the skill of vomiting into a bucket and our hang dry laundry system that in this winter weather means 14 hours for wash to dry of a bed sheet and 24 hours for a towel.
We don’t have a lot of spare linens.
Our linen closet consists of two sets of sheets per bed, four towel sets in white (bath, hand, face), three beach towels that we use at the pool and double as guest towels and a fantastic little hooded towel Henry received as a gift with two matching face towels.
The stomach bug wiped out our beach towels in a few hours. Henry’s hooded towel was next along with the folded up extra sheets. We had a good stack of kitchen linens clean so our tea towels helped for two rounds.
The only thing left to use was cloth napkins and placements. Or my nice white towels. Or clothing.
I was also solo parenting and we live on an island without a 24 hour anything to go get back up towels or what not. Options were not good.
God bless sisters that store their home effects in your spare bedroom. As I lamented my linen situation to my sister over Skype she told me about four dark purple and gray towels that were stored in our guest room dresser.
Saved. And as luck would have it the vomiting ended that night. The savior towels were left unscathed.
The virus has since made its way through the adults in our home. This is how we’re preparing for the holidays: get the terrible illnesses out of the way before December.
When this virus has finally run its course (just working its way through the mister right now) I’ll be washing all of our linens on hot and then taking them to the laundromat for dryer time.
Do we need more linens in our home for the what-if scenario of a stomach virus?
Am I foolish to own white towels at this juncture in my life?
Most people would say yes to both of these after debating over using their own clothing as a vomit mat for their son.
And yet, I’m not running out to buy more towels. I’m also not frantically getting a dryer installed.
My lesson from this: we survived. Without a lot of towels. Without a dryer.
A few years ago I would have used this as a reason to hit up Bed Bath & Beyond for dark towels or started pricing out dryers.
Today I’m comfortable knowing that these things rarely happen and I can’t plan for every eventuality.
That’s one of my lessons from downsizing and getting rid of closets worth of things that I worried I might need one day.
One day you might need them.
One day you might use them.
But if you want to live your life for One Day, you’ll miss a lot of Todays.
You’ll spend a lot of time preparing for the 3% of things that might happen instead of enjoying the 97% of things that do happen.
Any disaster scenarios you’ve given up preparing for? Besides earthquake, flood and fire of course.