When you have over 300 bottles of nail polish it’s hard to keep track of what you own. Sometimes it’s also hard to find what you need especially if you keep them in drawers like I do. I keep my nail polish and supplies in an IKEA Helmer which is a cheap and easy storage solution. Unfortunately it’s become too small and I might need a second one soon but let’s move on… 😀
I used to organize my polishes by brand but right now I keep them by colour. When I’m peering down my drawer it takes a while before I find the polish I need which is a little frustrating sometimes. Especially with nail polish bottles where you just see a solid black circle from above like Catrice bottles. I own about 30 bottles of that brand so it goes without saying that finding the right one takes some time. There’s got to be an easier way!
I’ve seen a few other bloggers and youtubers add swatches or drops of the polish on top of the bottle. I loved the idea but I didn’t want to place nail polish directly on the bottles as it could chip off, and I was afraid darker colours wouldn’t show on a black background. I’m a perfectionist so I also wanted it to be simple but most of all neat. Here’s is what I came up with!
First I was thinking about using the paper circles out of a hole puncher but they’re a bit on the small side and you’d have to glue them down, which might make a mess. In the end I found these, they are circular stickers which you can get in most stationary retailers, the ones I have are 8mm in diameter. They are perfect to stick on top of your bottles! They stay on quite nicely and they’re easy enough to remove if you decide on a different organizational system, something I also wanted to keep in mind. My dream storage solution are the clear wall displays since I think they are gorgeous but to be honest I would need so much of them it would cost me a small fortune. 😀
So what you do is carefully paint the stickers while they are still on the sheet, if you accidentally mess up and paint outside of the circle, get a brush to clean it up. If you don’t, it will stay attached to the sticker and not make a clean circle. My first few were a bit messy but after a while they needed next to no clean up! You just need a steady hand and some patience. It took me over an hour to paint more than a hundred but I had a lot of fun doing them. Wait for a few hours until they are completely dry and hardened before you stick them on your bottles.
And this is what the end result looks like! It’s so much easier to find what I need now. I only added stickers to bottles with a completely flat cap, none of the China Glaze or bottles that have a name label at the top have a sticker. It wasn’t necessary anyway since you can see the inside of their bottles from above since the caps are smaller. I’m really pleased with how they turned out and I’m certain it will save me lots of time when looking for that one colour I need! 🙂
Would you also be interested to see my storage solution and what I keep in my Helmer drawers? How do you organize your nail polish? Let me know in the comments!