Monday, September 19, 2011

My New Nail Polish Storage

After showing you my recent nail polish haul in my last post, some of you asked me how I keep my collection organized. I thought this is the perfect time to address that question, because I have just switched to a new nail polish organizer last week!

If you remember my introduction post to my "Nail Polishes of the Month" project, where I try to swatch all the nail polishes I've been wearing for that entire month (no repeats), as a way of attempting to swatch every single one of my nail polishes in my collection in the end. I used to use a plastic Sterilite cart. Each drawer was tall enough to put in two layers of nail polishes standing up. I took those pictures (1, 2) at the beginning of 2011, now that I look back, I am amazed at how my collection has grew over the past few months!
As my Sterilite cart got full, it has become very difficult to find a specific color I need, especially since in order to find a nail polish at the bottom layer, I have to lift the top layer completely off. So today, I introduce you to my newest nail polish storage, the Helmer from IKEA.

I read about the Helmer drawer unit from various nail blogs and girls there have said that it was the perfect size and height for storing nail polishes. I also needed to look for something that will fit under my vanity table, and the Helmer was PERFECT!

Installing the Helmer wasn't a piece of cake, as all the parts were metal and required a ton of fiddling, but thank goodness my hubby was nice enough to help! The Helmer has 6 drawers, each drawer was plenty of space to hold about 50-70 nail polish bottles, depending on the brand. I decided to organize my nail polishes by colors, so that it'll be easier for me to pick out a nail polish at a glance. I also intentionally left a little space on the top and bottom drawer for "future expansions" :p I love that I can centralize all my manicure/pedicure supplies at once place, Konad plates, nail treatments, cleaning supplies, nail arts, etc, and have everything organized. Home Depot Promo Codes if you're looking for more storage options in your home!


What do you use to store your nail polish? I'd love to take a peak! :)

13 comments:

  1. Ah I'm drying over your awesome collection. I totally need a Helmer because they hold so darn much. One day when I have the space haha. Everything is so nice and organized, love it.

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  2. That is insane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So many polishes! :) I am so envious!!!!!!!! The Dresser is pretty too!

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  3. I really ought to look into acquiring a Helmer, right now my polishes are all lying in a wooden box and it's none too convenient!

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  4. WOW!!! look at that collection! :) amazing :D

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  5. omg i think i may have to get one for myself now! it looks so organized!

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  6. I love your nail polish organizer! Mine is just all over the place and thrown into a box. I don't have much polish. I have konad plates too but haven't quite mastered it so I'm debating whether or not to just give it all away. I've been holding onto them because we host Japanese high schoolers from time to time and if they are girls, then that's something interesting for them to try out.

    *Kat*

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  7. Wow, that is one HUGE collection. Haha, hopefully mine will grow like that one day :D It's beautiful~ Haha i just store mine in a bag.. that's how small it is XD

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  8. What a great storage area!! It looks perfect for encasing your whole collection. :] I have one plastic drawer for my polishes...but it seems to be filling up. Ah.

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  9. Your drawer collection is quite intense.

    I bought this tower rack for my girlfriend since it allows you to display up to 144 bottles (including OPI/China Glaze/Essie):

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052G15UG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=atomycosmetics-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399373&creativeASIN=B0052G15UG

    Kinda expensive for what it is, but.. it swivels!

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  10. Your storage place looks so neat! I'll need one like this if I keep buying more polishes hehe..

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  11. I love it! My nailpolish is pitiful compared to yours lol!

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