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A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

While it’s always important to stock ample quantities of things like towels, washcloths, and bed linens; you also don’t want to waste time and money cleaning these items. If you know what was used and what was not used during a tenant’s stay you will only need to wash and clean the used items.


On a recent vacation we rented a nice three-bedroom house that had plenty of towels, but they were not smart about how they made them available. As you can see by the picture below, they placed the towels on the towel bars in the bathroom.


While it’s important to make sure there are ample supplies of towels, washcloths and linens; you don’t need to display them out where they are easily used. In the case of these towels there’s no way of knowing which ones were used, so all needed to be washed. If only one towel was displayed on the towel bar and the rest neatly folded and put on a shelf or in a cabinet, then you would know how many were used. This way you only need to wash the dirty ones and not everything on the towel bars. While this is not a big cost it does add time and cost to cleaning the property.


Remember you need to make sure there are plenty of linens, but you don’t have to leave more than your tenants require and you don’t need to have them displayed in a way that you can’t tell what was used. Be smart about how you stock these items because “a penny saved is a penny earned”.

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