Kitchen Keeping: How Many Kitchen Towels Do You Own?

We aren't so great about replacing or tossing our old kitchen towels, even when they've seen better days. They are just so useful, and if it's laundry day, there's a good chance we'll reach for one while doing dishes and find an empty cupboard (even though we counted more than a dozen last time we checked).

A few things we use our kitchen towels for, besides just drying dishes:

A drying rack, of sorts. We lay down a few towels and pile up dishes we've hand-washed.

Impromptu trivet for a heavy pot.

Apron. We don't really like aprons, but we hang a dishtowel from our waistband to frequently wipe our hands while we cook.

Decoration. The pretty ones hang from our oven door handle and add color to a bland kitchen.

Wrap for produce. If we're out of storage bags and are planning to use some greens or herbs quickly, we'll wash them and roll them up in a dishtowel, then store in the refrigerator.

Pot holder. If it's within reach, a towel usually serves when picking up the lid of a pot or pulling something out of the oven.

Any other suggestions?

Related: The IKEA Kitchen: TEKLA Towels (and Napkins)

(Image: Faith Durand)