Hey There Polished People!!
Today’s post is going to be a long one, so I’m just going to get right to it. I don’t know if you remember, but I used to keep my nail polish in a two-story plastic bin that I found at Target. You can find a picture of that old storage here. That got filled up in no time flat so eventually I moved from that little box to my revolving nail polish tower, which you can find the original post for here. Well, soon enough that got too small (it’s funny how these things shrink seemingly over night!) and I upgraded to my latest form of storage- Michael’s (craft store) Storage Cubes, widely known around the nail community as “Melmers.” I got them for Christmas from my mom and dad so don’t mind the Christmas decorations in the background.
This is how you find the drawer cubes at Michael’s in the craft storage section. The only things you need to assemble these drawers are a screwdriver and some patience.
Here are all the parts set out.
I soon discovered that a ratcheting screw driver cuts down on assembly time significantly.
It took me about an hour and a half to assemble the first drawer cube, this was without the ratcheting screwdriver.
It took me about an hour and ten minutes to assemble the second cube with a ratcheting screwdriver, and about an hour or a little under to assemble the third.
Here is what my nail polish used to look like. Rotating nail polish tower full, polishes spilling out into buckets and bags and boxes.
Here are all my polishes out of the tower, box, bucket and bag.
I swapped out my craft storage drawers and the tower for my three drawer cubes It already looks better. Now I just need to fill up those drawers.
Here is my top drawer- random manicure tools. All my stamping stuff is in a wooden cigar box so this plate is just here because it’s for Christmas and I wont need it till next year.
My second drawer (which I forgot to photograph) is full of my base/tops, whites, nudes, metallics and specials. This is my third drawer and it is the home to GLITTER!!!! Oh, and my shatters banished to the corner.
Drawer four holds greens, blues, blacks. greys and browns.
Drawer five holds reds, pinks, purples, oranges and yellows.
Drawer six holds my minis, loose glitter pots and some little foil pieces I have yet to use.
Drawers seven and eight are empty for now to make room for future expansion and then drawer nine has my extras. Extra base and top coat, extra acetone, extra nail polish remover, etc. The polish that I keep for trading, giving away, etc is in a different basket, just FYI.
I can’t believe in just about a year I went from this:
Doesn’t it look so much better than that overflowing rotating tower??? I know a lot of people don’t have the luxury of having an entire room dedicated to polish and crafts, so this may not be a super viable option for you, but the Drawer Cubes/Melmers are nice because you can just get one and sit it on a table somewhere and then expand when you need a second or third one. Each drawer is supposed to hold about 100 OPI-sized bottles of polish, so obviously one cube would hold around 300. Plus, you can decorate them with craft paper (which I will be doing in the future) and they look SO CUTE!!
How do you store your nail polish? Do you like my new storage units? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thank you all for reading and commenting and till next time- Happy Polishing!!