I can’t believe it’s been almost six years since the boyfriend and I bought our house and I showed you my Nail Polish Room with its purple accent wall and vintage nail ads. As you can imagine, things have changed a lot since then. My collection has grown in leaps and bounds and, with it, my nail polish storage has experienced multiple upgrades.
In the latest edition of Makeup Wars, some of my fave nail blogging buddies show off their beauty, makeup and nail polish storage solutions. Let’s take a peek at how mine looks now, including where I hoard my ridiculous amounts of makeup and hair products.
Nail Polish Storage
When we moved into our home, the boyfriend made a rule. I get a room to house my nail polish crazy but it all has to live in that room. At the time, that meant storing all my nail polish in a cabinet I got from Office Max (similar HERE). Not long after, I realized it was no longer cutting it.
Enter the nail polish storage miracle that is, the IKEA Helmer. This $40, 500-bottle-holding wonder is the best, more affordable solution I’ve encountered. The Jetmax Storage Cube (aka Melmer) is a more accessible solution (if you don’t have an IKEA nearby) but it doesn’t hold as many polishes.
I started with two Helmers and quickly added a third. Fortunately, we have friends near both the Ann Arbor and Pittsburgh IKEA’s so we get a fun weekend out of my growing storage needs.
Those held me over for a while, combined with my Office Max cabinet but last year it got to the point that my office looked like a nail polish bomb went off so I took the plunge and added six more Helmers in place of my old cabinet. Originally I was bitter that IKEA only had red Helmers but I ended up loving the contrast against my purple accent wall.
Tip: You can check the stock of any IKEA store online before going so you know if they have your desired color on hand. Something I learned at the store, a little too late.
So, I’m sure you’re wondering how I organize all the polish inside. I think the biggest debate for any nail polish collector is whether to store by brand or by color. For me, because I like to compare new colors to old, storing by color makes the most sense.
Each Helmer houses a different color family; Blue, Green/Teal, Red, Purple, Pink/Coral/Orange, Neutral/Brown/Yellow. Within each Helmer the colors are then broken down from light to medium to dark and then again by finish. So I have a Light Blue drawer, a Medium Blue Creme drawer, a Medium Blue Shimmer/Glitter drawer, etc.
My original three white Helmers house my White, Gray, Black, Metallic, Glitter and Specialty (matte, magnetic, holo, texture) nail polishes plus my treatment products, tools, nail art polishes and strips/stickers.
I “try” to group the polishes by brand inside the drawer.
While a lot of the drawers are at capacity, some are not as packed. In those instances I use Rubberized Shelf Liner to keep the polishes from sliding on the metal drawer base.
And inside my desk, I use Sterilite shoe boxes to hold the nail polish I haven’t yet reviewed. The boxes are great for smaller collections as they are the perfect height for most nail polish bottles and stackable.
Because my nail polish room is on the main floor of the house, I made a bigger effort to keep up with organization, meanwhile my secret shame was hiding upstairs. My Hoarders-worthy beauty, hair and makeup collection. I had tote bags filled with product hidden in our guest bedroom closet. I had storage bins stacked in our basement. It was appalling and so much of my product was going unused.
So when the last set of Helmers came home, my Office Max cabinet made the move upstairs and helped me get my act together.
For years, I relied on this little Sterilite drawer for my makeup storage, dividing it up into Eyes, Lips, Face. It’s simple and holds a lot but not enough so I only keep my essentials in it. Meanwhile, all my fun, specialty makeup was out of sight, out of mind.
In the bathroom, I use a Sterilite (can you tell I love the brand?) roller cart for my daily hair, body and face products and tools. Though a wheel recently broke off, after six years, so I need a new one.
Adding my Office Max cabinet to the guest room not only provided a TV stand but tons of room for all the makeup and beauty products I’ve been neglecting.
Do you store you polish by brand or color? What do you use to store your beauty products? Do you have dividers inside your drawers? Any affordable solutions you recommend? Are you on #TeamHelmer or #TeamMelmer?