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Choosing reusable cloth diapers is a big decision that can lead to a rewarding journey for you and your baby. But where do you start? Here are the most commonly asked questions on how to start your cloth diaper journey.

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Cloth Diaper Storage - How to Organize Your Stash

Over the years, our cloth diaper stash has been housed in a variety of set-ups. My cloth diaper stash has been through a lot over the years - and so have I.
Countless move-outs, living room rearrangements and new jobs have demanded change. The same can be said for our cloth diaper storage set up, which has been through more than a few changes in the past few years.

The Day to Day Cloth Diaper Storage

Cloth Diaper Storage - A Dresser

Dresser Drawer with Cloth Diapers

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’ve transformed our already-crowded closet into a changing station with a changing pad. And now that we have another baby on the way, our need for space has only grown more dire. We’ve found an ingenious way to store our cloth diapers with a bookshelf-like design, or our diaper stack. Either way, this is a great and inexpensive way to store your cloth diapers.

Cloth Diaper Storage - Wall Shelves

Cloth Diaper Wall Shelves

When you don't have enough room to expand out, try moving up!

Wall shelves are the perfect way to display your cloth diapers like a work of art. They are also surprisingly easy to make for a cost that won’t hurt your bank account. All you need to do is find the plans and gather materials, which can be found easily on the internet.

Cloth Diaper Storage - A Changing Table

Cloth Diaper 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.

When I was considering adding to my family, I thought about all the practical things our house would need, like a changing table. If I would have known about that changing table my mother-in-law had after one or two kids in, we’d have it, and if I knew how much it would all cost, I wouldn’t have been so worried.

Cloth Diaper Storage - Over the Door Organizer

Over the Door Cloth Diaper Storage

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

Metal Storage Cart

You know what I’m talking about. That metal cart on wheels from Ikea that we can’t pronounce.

Yeah, that!

Well, I haven’t personally gone that route and I can say I’ve seen many people do it. But for those who have, these carts are popular for storing cloth diapers. They take up little space and are easy to move around. You can also use them long after you’re done diapering your kids.

Cloth Diaper Storage - Laundry Baskets

Cloth Diapers in Laundry Basket

It’s not like we don’t already have baskets full of other laundry, right?

If you're short on time, running out of space, or feeling lazy - all that is needed for your cloth diaper storage are laundry baskets! You can stack them on top of each other or place them below the changing table for easy access when you need to change baby's diaper.

If you were wondering- this is where the other half of my clean diaper stash lives.

Cloth Diaper Storage - Plastic Carts

Plastic Drawers

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

Small Cloth Diaper Pail with wet Bag

THE OPEN DRY PAIL.

Say that with me.

Open.

Dry.

Pail.

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.

It may sound counterintuitive, but an open pail will actually smell LESS than a covered one. This is because the air will essentially dry up any smells throughout the day which causes odors to dissipate. You'll want at least two pail liners, but I HIGHLY recommend you have three or four in order to ensure that there are always clean ones handy when they're needed most.

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 need to find space saving options, try Hanging Pails! These large-capacity wet bags come with a looped handle for easy carrying and can be hung anywhere there is a hook. They're perfect for small spaces! They're made from a durable plastic and come in various sizes so it's easy to find one that fits perfectly in whatever space you need it for!

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

Cloth Diapers on Shelf

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

Cloth Diapers in Cube Storage

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.

How?

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!

Click HERE to add a Lighthouse Kids Wet Bag to your closet today!