Over the years we have had our cloth diaper stash in a variety of set-ups.
I’m the kind of person who always needs to rearrange the living room.
I mean it. I’m relentless.
The same can be said for my cloth diaper stash - and we’ve had a few moves over the years that demanded change.
Whatever your budget, space, or design aesthetic is - there is a cloth diaper storage solution for you!
The Day to Day Cloth Diaper Storage
Cloth Diaper Storage - A Dresser
The right dresser will hold your baby's clothes, cloth diapers, and also double as a changing table if a changing pad is placed on top.
A dresser is also one of the few things that will last your child from birth to college if you play your cards correctly.
This makes it one of the most cost-effective cloth diaper storage solutions possible.
This was my very first (and possibly favorite) cloth diaper storage solution, but I went cheap and we have since been through many other cheap dressers-FAIL.
Cloth Diaper Storage - Cube Storage
This is where my clean diapers currently live (but also keep reading, because they live in one other place too).
We love the Ikea Kallax.
We have had the same one for nearly 5 years. It has survived a move, many toddlers, a few different storage uses, and well just the kids in general.
This cloth diaper storage solution can double as a changing table, but if you’re tight on space like we are right now - can be nestled into a closet.
We have transformed our closet into a changing station with a changing pad!
Now that we have another fluff butt on the way though, the need to conserve space has grown even more.
It’s now set up like a bookshelf. Either way, this is a great and inexpensive way to store your cloth diapers.
Cloth Diaper Storage - Wall Shelves
When you don't have enough room to expand out, try moving up!
Wall shelves will display your cloth diapers like fine pieces of decoration.
Let’s face it, they ARE nice to look at! You can also construct a floating shelf of your own for a low cost using affordable plans available online.
The project is simple and needs a few tools and funds.
Cloth Diaper Storage - A Changing Table
Honestly, I have NEVER had a proper changing table.
I know. Five kids and counting and we just haven’t had one.
My mother-in-law has a b****ing table table in her daycare.
Seriously, I’m jelly. That thing has STAIRS so the toddlers can climb up themselves and save your back.
Don’t discount the value of a changing table-especially if you are considering having more children.
If I would have known about that changing table my mother-in-law had one or two kids in we’d have it.
Cloth Diaper Storage - Over the Door Organizer
A hanging shoe organizer is an affordable and simple way to hold your cloth diapers.
It is also a vertical option that can be tucked away if desired.
If you want it out of reach, hang it on the wall, the inside of a wardrobe, or the back of a bedroom door.
If you need twice the room, place one on either side of the closet door. This is currently how we organize our massive swaddle blanket collection.
Cloth Diapers Storage - Carts
You know what I’m talking about. That metal cart on wheels from Ikea that we can’t pronounce.
While I haven’t personally gone that route, many (many, many) cloth diaper families have and do store their cloth diapers in these carts.
They’re mobile, small space friendly, can be repurposed long after the diapering years.
Cloth Diaper Storage - Laundry Baskets
It’s not like we don’t already have baskets full of other laundry, right?
If you simply have no desire to set up something fancy, don’t have space, or simply have already succumbed to the mom life just keep your clean cloth diapers in laundry baskets.
This is an effortless cloth diaper storage solution.
If you were wondering- this is where the other half of my clean diaper stash lives.
Cloth Diaper Storage - Plastic Carts
When we first moved out of state we had minimal space and most of our furniture was damaged.
Lots of tears shed later and we bought a few plastic carts and made due.
These are very budget-friendly and accessible to just about anyone.
I know, I know, you’re not supposed to store cloth diapers in plastic or something that’s not breathable, but hear me out.
You’re going to open these drawers all day every day.
We’re not talking about long-term cloth diaper storage today. We’re looking for day-to-day storage. It’ll be fine. Promise
The Dirty Cloth Diaper Storage
THE OPEN DRY PAIL.
Say that with me.
It is NEVER recommended to store our diapers in a wet diaper pail.
It’s a drowning hazard and can seriously decrease the lifespan of your cloth diapers.
Use an open, holey plastic laundry basket lined with a pail liner.
Keep this pail in a well-ventilated area or room that has adequate airflow.
I know it sounds counterintuitive, but an open pail will smell LESS than a covered pail.
This is because the air will essentially dry the urine throughout the day which dissipates any odors.
You’ll want at least 2 pail liners, but I HIGHLY recommend having three to four.
One to wash, One to Use, and a Spare (or two) will have you covered!
If you can’t spray your poopy diapers at every diaper change - I recommend keeping an extra wet bag or small plastic bucket to store those diapers until you have a chance to spray them.
The Hanging Cloth Diaper Pail
If you don’t have the floor space for a laundry basket and pail liner set up a Hanging Pail is going to be your best bet!
Hanging Pails can be hung on doorknobs, the backs of doors, or anywhere else you can set up a hook!
These are essentially, large-capacity wet bags with hanging handles!
If you are tempted to store your dirty cloth diapers in the bathroom I’m going to caution you right now.
Bathrooms are typically too small and too humid.
Even if you wash your cloth diapers every other day, you may experience some unpleasant smells.
The lack of airflow with the added humidity don’t bode well.
Long-Term Cloth Diaper Storage
If your fresh out of cloth diapers and aren’t quite sure what you’re going to do with them yet, or know that you just want to store them for your next child - you’ll want to make sure that you’re storing them in something that’s breathable.
By storing your cloth diapers in a breathable storage solution you’re ensuring the life of your elastics and preventing mold.
Yes, you read that right - if you store your diapers long term in an air-tight container or anything that doesn’t allow some airflow you could open up that storage container and notice that your elastics have competed rotted out.
I highly recommend the use of one of two things:
The Oh Lily Carry All Your Stuff Sack or a Planet Wise Packing Cube.
I like the ease of throwing everything into the Carry All Your Stuff Sack, but if you’re more organized or your stash isn’t too large the Planet Wise Packing Cubes are an organizer’s dream.
Conclusion - Cloth Diaper Storage - How to Organize Your Stash
Remember, however you organize your stash, clean or dirty it should work FOR you not against you!
Keep these tips in mind when you’re coming up with your cloth diaper storage.
Make it convenient.
You will be changing thousands of diapers!
Don’t neglect storage for accessories such as wipes, wet bags, diaper rash creams, and other necessities.
As I mentioned before, we’re running very, tight on space.
Our cloth diaper storage consists of an Ikea Kallax Shelf, but we also make use of the rod in our closet.
We keep our wipes, wipe solution, and all of our cloth diaper rash creams in a wet dry bag hanging up right next to the stash!
It’s easy, compact, and gives me an excuse to buy more wet bags.
Win, win, and win!
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