I keep my polishes in a Helmer. Anyone who follows my Facebook page may have recently seen a status
Problems of a nail polish addict #836: helmer snobbery, the moment of panic experienced when you realise you may have to put OPI and Rimmel polishes in the same drawer. Surely the OPI will feel violated next to (gasp) cheap polishes? Perhaps if sorted by colour the bottles wouldn't experience this type of horror at mixing!
Don't get me wrong, I love all my polishes and am not a label snob, but when it comes to my Helmer I have always stored polishes by brand. I have all my polishes on swatch sticks in a rainbow.... However... recently an influx of polish has meant that whilst some drawers are fine and the polishes all stack in neatly (Barry M I love your square bottle) others are a storage nightmare (OPI and China Glaze with your rounded bodies) which do not snuggle together well.
After running out of space in the drawer with OPI I initially shuffled brands about, but this resulted in the status above, so I decided sod it, they are going in colours! I was well supervised throughout the process.
So this is how my Helmer is now set out (in case anyone is interested!)
Top Drawer: Holo and Glitters (plenty of space for more Holos to be added)
Second Drawer: Red, Pink, Orange and Yellow
Third Drawer: Green, Brown, Nudes, Black and Whites
Fourth Drawer: Blues and Teals
Fifth Drawer: Purples and Textures (plenty of room which is good as I have a set of 8 Kiko textures en route from Italy!)
Bottom Drawer: Assorted Crap (stamping plates, odds of nail art items, USB lead for camera, swatchsticks)
Here are my swatchsticks currently fanned out. I just ordered an additional 150 from the seller on e-Bay where I purchased the rest. If I actually use all 150 I'm going to be needing a second Helmer!
Better idea of the bottom drawer without the swatchsticks.
Aside from this I also have a small set of plastic drawers I keep downstairs, I picked these drawers up from Family Bargains. They are tall enough to stand polish up - not that I keep them tidy enough to do this, but when I purchased them I did organise them neatly! A couple of the next photos seem slightly blurred :(
The top of the drawers is where I keep my actone and the plastic pint glass I reuse for watermarbles. The polishes in front are waitig to be rehomed back in the Helmer!
Top Drawer: Dotting tools, nail art brushes, clean up brushes, scissors and tape, nail art pens and usually this is where I keep my cotton wool pads.
Second drawer: stamper and scraper, studs, glequins, striping tape, 4 way buffer, sticker guides.
Third drawer: This contains top coats, strengtheners a spare bulb for my lightbox, OPI Avoplex hand scrub. This one is the biggest mess of the lot! I also keep my favourite black and white polishes in here so they are on hand.
Bottom drawer: Normally I use this drawer to hold my spare items, it would have my spare cotton wool pads, if I buy anything in twos this is where the new one sits, patiently waiting to be used. At the moment as you can see, it is cram bang full of polish. This is because I am waiting on my swatch sticks. When I get a new polish until it is swatched I put it in here, then I will swatch it, log it ono my spreadsheets (links at top of the page!) and then put the polish in the Helmer.
The only other place in the house I keep nail stuff is in a mug, I have a couple of hoof sticks and some hand cream along with my nail file in there. I forgot to get a picture of that.
Sorting polishes into colours really did help sort out my storage troubles, it meant that I was better able to use the space available as the different bottles all fit snugly together. I also hope it means that I wil pick polishes by shade rather than opening a drawer and picking from a particular brand, which is something I have been guilty of doing of late.
Hope this was of interest!