Things To Consider Before Choosing A Storage Solutions
Things to keep in mind when deciding which storage solution is best for you include the following:
1) Do you want to display your polishes, or keep them out of public view? Some people are quite proud of their collections, so putting them on a counter or mounting a rack on the wall sounds great. For others this would feel like an eye sore.
2) Consider how big your collection is now, and how big it will be in the future. Obviously, using an organizing product that only holds some of your collection will not fit the bill.
3) Do you want the polishes to be portable? Do you always do your nails at your own home, or do you take your polishes to other locations? A wall rack won't work for someone who needs to carry them polishes around, but in that situation an organizing case with a handle may be better.
4) What brands of nail polish do you favor? There is no standard size for nail polish bottles and each brand has their own signature size and shape. When considering which type of organizer to use you've got to think about both the height of your bottles, as well as their width.
Some of the most difficult bottles to accommodate include for the brands OPI, Essie, Butter, and China Glaze. Just keep that in mind and make sure what you choose will fit your preferred brands. Nothing is worse than getting something that is just a bit too small for the bottles you use regularly.
What's The Shelf Life Of Nail Polish?
Anyone with a big nail polish collection has had some of those polishes for years and years. That's because practically it takes a LONG time to use up a bottle of lacquer, top or base coat, etc. if you've got lots of different ones to choose from.
So really, the best thing to do is just focus on whether the polish looks and feels right as its applied. Older polishes past their prime tend to get clumpy and its much harder to apply an even coat.
If shaking doesn't allow a remixing of the ingredients and it remains clumpy it is practically time to throw it out.
As long as you keep your polishes in a temperature controlled environment (don't let them get too hot, for example) and out of direct sunlight though, they should theoretically last for a long time.
So now, without further ado, check out these cool storage solutions you might like to use for your own collection! And don't forget, if you've organized or displayed your own polishes I'd love to see how you do it. You can click here to submit your photos and I'll add them to the page.
Organizing Nail Polishes In Drawer Using Drawer Organizer
Josie shared this picture of how she organizes her collection.
She did not want to display it, but instead wanted to keep it concealed in a bathroom drawer.
So, to keep all the bottles from getting jumbled she added a drawer organizer, which had several dividers.
To accomplish something similar you could perhaps use a silverware organizer, or you could customize the size of your dividers yourself if you used drawer dividers.
***Update: I also got this really good tip from another reader, for easily finding the color you want when you've got them stored in a drawer, and can only see the tops of the bottle easily. She said:
You can use color dots made with the actual nail polish to mark the top of the bottles if you have drawer storage setup. This makes it faster to find the color you are looking for since you won't have to lift each bottle out of the drawer to see it's color.
I purchased these Grayline cabinet racks from Amazon. The one the nail polish is holding is actually a spice rack so I figured it would hold the nail polish the way a salon displays polish and it does perfectly but less expensive than a real polish rack.
I normally don't like to have stuff displayed openly but we have 3 teen girls that love to do their nails so having a small nail station in my office works out great for us.
My daughters and I enjoy doing our nails and always had them stored away neatly but one day while at the salon I got the idea of dedicating one area of my "girl cave" as our own lil nail salon they are now above a lil nail table.
The other rack holds all of my other nail supplies keeping everything together and being in my office still keeps it out of the way and still pretty much out of sight, kind of like a dedicated nail salon area.
Also once I am done redecorating my entire office it will all tie in with the "style" as well since this is just a small area.
If anyone else wanted to do this but didn't have the same space or just didn't want to see it hanging on the wall as I have it, it could also be hung inside a cabinet or inside a closet.
It doesn't necessarily have to be hung directly on a wall, it's just how we chose to do it.
Here's a good solution if you want to keep your polishes on a counter, but have only a medium-ish sized collection -- a tiered organizer.
It helps you see all your bottles, and grab what you want a lot more easily than some of the bowl ideas shown below.
This particular one pictured holds up to 60 bottles, and is advertised to hold some of the more difficult to fit brands, such as OPI, Essie and China Glaze.
If you've got an even bigger collection, a stair step shelf may just be the thing for you. Here's a picture of one that a reader, Niki, had her husband build for her. Look at her collection, it's amazing!
Niki says: "I do a lot of crafts with nail polish. My husband made a wooden stair step shelf to fit within a shelf on a bookshelf for me."
An Elegant Glass Bowl Can Also Display A Small Collection
A similar idea sent in by another reader, Marie, is to use, instead of a vase, a pretty cut glass bowl.
Often these are seen in the kitchen, but what a nice way to display a piece that might not otherwise get used much in your home.
Marie says, "My MIL gave me this beautiful cut glass bowl. I get to see it every day instead of in a kitchen cabinet and seeing it on occasion. I know some of you will hate this idea but I like it."
Well, I don't know if anyone hates the idea Marie. I like it, and it fits your small number of bottles quite well. I think it's great!
Are You Inspired To Get Organized Now?
I hope these ideas have gotten you excited to organize your home.
If you've caught the organizing bug now, I'd love it if you'd join the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge with me. As you can (hopefully) tell from the name this series gives you a different organizing challenge each week in your home, so that over the course of the year you can get the whole house decluttered and in tip top condition.
In addition, if you do work on getting your nail polishes in order I'd love to see how you chose to do it. You can share your pictures here and I'll add them to the page!
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