I struggled for ages with trying to figure out the best way to store and organize my nail polish collection. It can be extremely frustrating! Almost a year ago I picked up a Melmer and it changed my life. Seriously. (If you don’t believe me, check out my stash before the Melmer.)
So what is a Melmer? It is cube storage meant for scrapbooking that can be purchased at Michaels. I’ve never paid more than $15 for a Melmer as they are often on sale, though the retail price is $30. The cube is 14.25 inches in height, width, 14.5 inches in depth and fits nail polish bottles perfectly. Each unit has three drawers and each drawer can fit up to 100 bottles of OPI nail polish.
Assembly isn’t bad. I’m not particularly great at assembling things, but I put these together without too much trouble. The drawers are rather slick, so I put Duck non adhesive shelf and drawer liner in all of the drawers so the bottles won’t roll around. Drawer liner can be found at home improvement stores or stores like Target and is pretty inexpensive.
The other popular nail polish storage unit is the Helmer from Ikea. I actually went out to Ikea to check the Helmer out before I purchased any Melmers and it didn’t really impress me. The drawers are flimsy and I really didn’t want an additionally piece of furniture to store my nail polish in. Helmer’s can hold around 500 bottles of nail polish and are around $40.
As far as organizing nail polish in the Melmers I do it by color, then by brand, then by bottle shape. Colors I have alot of (purple, blue, green, etc) have their own drawer, others have multiple colors (I don’t have many yellow polishes!). I put sticky notes on the front of my Melmer’s with the colors because when I expanded from one to two Melmers I couldn’t remember which drawer had what colors.
This organization makes it easy to find any given polish, but I really hate just standing infront of my linen closet trying to decide what nail polish to wear. The BEST organization tip I have for nail polish is to make a nail polish spreadsheet in Google Docs. Yes, I realize this sounds a little crazy, BUT!, it makes picking out a nail polish so much easier. And it’s really not as time consuming as you may think. Once you get the initial list done, it’s easy to add polishes later.
I realize that was a really long post! But I hope it was at least somewhat helpful. If you have any questions about Melmers or making a nail polish spreadsheet or anything please don’t hesitate to ask. There are a couple more pictures of my Melmers below the jump