Confession: My Cloth Diapers Aren’t Color Coded


The Pinterest effect spreads far and wide, including to the cloth diaper community.  That elusive “perfect stash” and beautifully organized collection of diapers look gorgeous in the photos, don’t they?  Who wouldn’t want their diapers to appear color coded in the baskets or drawers, or organized by diaper type and brand?

I’ll admit that I used to.  When I only had one child and he was not mobile I had lots of time to slowly fold my diapers, lovingly organize them by shades of color, and put them away in a perfectly organized changing table.  My color coding was flawless since I used to work retail and knew the correct color scheme for clothing.  I often went into my son’s room, which was never used for sleeping mind you, just to look at how pretty and neat everything was.

Our Empty Drawers
Our Empty Drawers

Fast forward to almost 4 years later.  My second son’s diapers are currently sitting in a laundry basket, hanging on the wall.  There are 2 loads worth.  Well, there used to be except I was pulling diapers from the basket so by now there might be a full load in there, maybe less.  Each time I need to change him I run to his room only to forget I don’t have any clean diapers.  Sometimes he is naked already so I have to run across the house, grab an insert and shell since I already took all of my “easy” All-in-One’s out, and stuff the diaper while sprinting back.  Repeat multiple times a day until I finally decide to stuff my diapers and put them away.  Usually by then the pail is full and I already have another load ready to wash.  I can’t get my head above water in the laundry department.

Current view of my landry room
Current view of my laundry room

I should just start changing my son’s diapers in the laundry room because I can’t seem to get his diapers past that room and back into his drawers.  I hope I’m not the only one whose stash lives in a basket and not organized in drawers.  (The time it took for me to write this post and edit photos was probably enough to catch up on folding clothes… ironic right?)


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  • I never organize mine, either. They lay on my bed in a pile, in bags, or (sometimes) in a drawer, wrinkled and not stuffer or folded. Oops. Oh well.

  • Idigia

    It takes sooo much time from me to wash them in my tiny washer and hang them that I’d rather play with my boys than organize my tiny stash into colors.

  • Jordan Duncan

    I fold and stuff mine while DD “helps”. She likes to pretend she’s folding. I definitely don’t color code them though! Even when I was nesting I didn’t do that! I sort them by type of diaper since it makes it easier to put them in the drawer.

  • Oh, so true! Yes, mine are actually organized in the basket … because my oldest are potty trained and I am pregnant again. Lol. They won’t stay that way for long and I don’t think I EVER had them lined up perfectly in drawers. (Ain’t no one got time for dat!) My problem seems to be with a large stash of assorted dipes, I can rarely find which inserts and doublers go with which diapers. I always seem to have a few shells extra. Is this the sock gnome syndrome for cloth diapering???

  • Melissa K

    Wy not change him in the laundry room?

    • kimrosas

      I joked about that. And did yesterday. But not really practical.

      Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone

  • Krystina

    My organization is in a jumbled mess in the laundry basket, what? About when I get around to stuffing the last five or so, I have another load to dump on top of them. Eh, I don’t mind so much.

  • Becca Schwartz

    We have a huge dining room table which we don’t use for eating because we have a cozy kitchen table. So my dining room table has become my stash storage accidentally. I used to have all my diapers organized by brand/style in a cute shelving unit, but these days my diaper changes sound just like yours! haha, a quick run across the house for a diaper, a moment of bummer because all the AIOs are already dirty. yep. so there with ya.

  • Julie

    Mine aren’t color coded. Never have been and probably never will be. I started cloth with my third child. That was 9 years ago before anyone thought cloth was I never even knew there were beautiful cloth diapers back then. Were there?lol. I did it solely for selfish reasons- to save money and to keep the toxins off my son’s boy parts. Prefolds and Bummis covers were about the extent of what I used. They were Gerber DSQs. I didn’t even get to try GMD Believe it or not, I’ve still never tried them though they are next on the list for when baby girl needs to size up. My flats tend to stay in the laundry basket. They’re my least favorite diapers. The pockets and AI2s stay prepped because that’s what we reach for first so I like to have them ready to go.

  • Melissa

    Mine are organized in the dresser only by type (Grovia AI2s in a small drawer, IKEA boxes in a large drawer for night fitteds/wool and day fitteds/random day AIOs). Sending diapers to daycare forces me to “put away” half of the load immediately into a wetbag for the next day. It sometimes takes me two days to put away a load of diapers and I just do a little at a time while my son and I are playing in his room. He seems to like “helping” by throwing all of the colorful cloth wipes around, removing AIOs from the drawer and CHEWING ON THE FLATS (note that he doesn’t chew on AIOs, AI2s, fitteds, wetbags or anything else). Silly boy 🙂

  • I am so there with you. These days his clean diapers seem to live permanently in a laundry basket!

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  • Emily

    I mostly kept mine organized but only 1 kid and only enough for 2 days so they had to get put away.

    Do you know of any pull up type of diaper that will hold for nighttime? Not a trainer that just holds a little. Not superundies because my son hated them. I would rather it pull up and down because of potty requests after he’s in jammies.

  • stephanie Kandray

    Mine sometimes sit in the laundry basket on their bedroom floor until I need the basket again to get the next load. I then shove them all into a drawer 🙂