Woman Loses Mind Over Towels on Floor

I’m not a neat freak or a germaphobe. Really. I’m not. But I am someone who finds clutter stressful and order….relaxing. Also? I don’t like the idea of getting sick and throwing up. Especially hate the throwing up part and would rather not thankyouverymuch.

Do the boys have these particular issues in life? It’s hard to say. I’m pretty sure they don’t, because they are constantly leaving belongings EVERYWHERE. And their bathroom? [shudder] Terrifying.

One of the biggest bathroom issues we’ve had is the towels. They’re routinely left on the floor.

In the bathroom.

In the BOY’S bathroom….where the floor often gets….wet.


So. Being that I’m a problem-solving kind of girl, I examined the bathroom to see what was causing towels to “accidentally” be on the floor ALL THE TIME.

Exhibit A: towels on floor (shown above)

(Want to join me here?? EWWWWWWWW!)

Exhibit B: typical towel bar in the Earnest Parenting home.

Note that said bars are roughly 4 feet above the floor, making towel-hanging difficult for short (read: under age 5) people.

Note to note: it’s been two years since anyone in this house met that definition.

towel bar with towels hanging on it

Exhibit C: another shot of the typical towel bar around here.

Note that bars of this nature are easy to accidentally tear off the wall since the hardware used in installation is flimsy, resulting in Mom constantly saying, “Don’t pull the towel bar down!!!”

Also note: not enough towels are on the bar. Again.

towel bar with one small towel

All of this begs the question: What on earth will keep the towels off the floor???

I spent years on this problem, Internets.


Finally, inspiration struck. And no, don’t tell me that I could have noticed this in the hundreds of pictures of cute bathrooms you find in all those home and garden magazines at the grocery store.

I refuse to listen.

I’m choosing to live instead with the fantasy that this idea was all mine, mine, MINE!!!

The solution? Hooks! If each boy had a hook, he could easily hang his towel without worrying about ripping anything off the wall. And! I could have hooks lower down for younger people, and higher up for older people.

Brilliant, eh?

single hook on wall

Feeling very pleased with this solution, I conned my in-laws into hanging the hooks for me and sat back, waiting to enjoy boys out of the shower, clean and dried with towels that were not bacteria-laden.

What did I find instead?

towels lying on floor in bathroom


Earnest Parenting: help for parents who can’t STAND towels on the bathroom floor. Yuck.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Tina@RideonToys May 18, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Oh, boys and towels….my experience has been that this is one situation where you may never….ever….find a solution.
    .-= Tina@RideonToys´s last blog ..The Razor E200 Electric Scooters Are Perfect For Pre-Teens =-.

  • Coursework Essay May 18, 2010, 6:42 pm

    i must agree those photos kinda freaking me out… =D

  • Donna@Baby Playmat May 19, 2010, 10:44 am

    I recognize this, and my advice is you need to get the kids in a cooperative mood instead of a “I don´t need to do that” mindset. Moms are not there to service. if they don´t listen I suggest you go on strike until they start cleaning up their own.

  • Andrea May 23, 2010, 3:50 pm

    Another thing that disgusts me is finding the wet towels that my girls used for their shower left on my bed. It would be bad enough if they left it on their own beds, but know I have to dry my sheets because their used towels soaked by bed. I know you’re clean once you get out of the shower, but it’s still gross!

  • Ryan @ quoizel floor lamps May 26, 2010, 10:59 am

    This reminds me of when I was a kid and my mom had the same problems. Poor moms they put up with so much from us.

  • crm software June 2, 2010, 2:36 am

    i am agree with you boys are to lazy to handle the room.

  • bali car rentals June 7, 2010, 8:35 pm

    This problem actually is not free from problems of life and order in the household ..
    for parents who have boys, it is much different for girls …
    create a schedule where you can manage, your boy ..
    without making him feel confined and intimidated by your attitude …
    begin talks with ease, when there is free time at leisure ..
    make a towel rack that has been set apart to hang his towel
    , And do not get bored to listen patiently .. always remind each of his routines was done …….
    good luck …… maybe I can be useful coment ..
    ok’s ”
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  • Lila loveless June 6, 2016, 7:12 pm

    I have the same problem, so I’m decorating clothes pins to clip the towel together and off the floor. It is any easy project for my granddaughter.