We’ve used cloth napkins so long now, that my kids don’t know any different. The paper towels are essentially hidden away, doled out for special emergencies. Since I’m doing laundry anyway, and I have a laundry basket in my kitchen, it works out well for me.
I get a new set of napkins every year or so. I look for decent quality, 12 for about $15, usually easy enough to find at TJ Maxx.
I really should stop buying the white ones, since they stain a bit more easily that the ones with color. And we know I love color!
A client recently asked me how to store cloth napkins on the dining room table. We use two drawers in our hutch in the dining room, which I honestly forgot also used to store bibs and baby utensils. Time to clear those out!
If you are using a basket on the table for your linens, be sure to have two. Rotate them between the table and the laundry area, so you always have fresh, and you can store twice as many without having them all hang out on your table top.
My napkins don’t always coordinate, but we always have them handy, usually with a napkin at each place setting. Solid color place mats and white napkins always work well together.