Monday, May 25, 2015
Simple Cloth Diaper Storage Solution
I've been using cloth diapers for almost two years. Over a year of that has been exclusive use, meaning we have no disposable diapers in our home at all. It took me awhile to embrace the idea that cloth was even an option, much less that it was something I could maintain all the time. To be honest, though, now that I've been doing it for so long, I can't imagine any other way.
If you're on the fence about using cloth, you probably have a lot of questions. Beyond the madness of figuring out which brand or which style of diapers will suit your family (we're partial to AppleCheeks around here!), you may have concerns about the practicality of using these diapers. It was a long time before I figured out a great storage solution. For several months, I had diaper shells, inserts, and wipes tossed on just about every surface in my house. It was crazy. Ultimately, though, I was over-thinking the process. I didn't need a lot of fancy storage containers. I just needed something that was practical.
With my AppleCheeks pocket diapers, I do my best to stuff them as soon as they are clean - so they are prepped and ready for diaper changes. I don't always succeed at this, so there are still sometimes piles of diaper pieces all over my couch, but generally speaking, this is how they end up. All diapers that are ready to go are stuffed and placed into this basket in my living room. I thought about keeping them in our Nintendo nursery, but we're not back there very often and it's easiest to just have them accessible in the main area of our home.
Any diapers that are "extra" sit in front of the basket. I don't have enough inserts to stuff all my covers with each load of laundry, but I want to rotate their use. So I leave the extras in plain sight and strive to use them first the next time I stuff diapers.
We use cloth wipes exclusively as well, and these are stored in a small basket on the piano, also in the main room of our home. The kids can reach them, which is sometimes helpful and sometimes not, as you can imagine.
We keep bedtime diapers (also pre-stuffed) on the dresser in the nursery, so we don't have to scramble for them when it's time to get everyone ready to bed.
Aside from this, I have one small bin for cloth diapers in the nursery. It contains a few extra pieces and accessories such as swim diapers that aren't used very often, but I don't want them put away in storage. Our dirty diaper pail is in the kitchen, right by the trash can. We just drop diapers there and wash them every 2-3 days.
And that's my entire cloth storage solution! How do you store cloth diapers in your home?