How to Organize Nail Polish

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I missed the Spring Cleaning train, but recently had an itch to organize everything. This was especially true for my under-the-sink cabinet, which was being consumed by millions of nail polishes. I had them in a box which looked like this below….not pretty. If you’re like me and have way too many colors, it can be tricky to figure out how to organize nail polish, maximize space, and clearly see all of the colors you own.

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I’ve heard of a ton of different ways to organize nail polish, but I found that a lot of those solutions wouldn’t work for me. First off, let’s just state the obvious. I own waaaay too many colors and tend to hoard them. Not to mention the nail art tools and accessories that wouldn’t fit in those solutions. Second, I also wanted them tucked away someplace where they couldn’t be seen but could easily be transported if needed. So a wall shelf or anything like that would not work for me.

The Container Store opened near me recently, so I figured if I was going to find a solution then it would be there. However, I found that the traditional acrylic beauty bins they had were made to hold individual nail polishes, meaning you could only fit a handful of polishes and they had to be a specific size.  They also didn’t stack on top of themselves and were pricey. I asked the salesclerk if they had another recommendation, and they offered small acrylic boxes which were just too small and I didn’t think was easy enough to get to. I browsed for about an hour (you’re welcome 🙂 ) and realized exactly what I needed. Something I could use in an unconventional way which just happened to be exactly the right height, stackable, portable, clear, and easy to access a ton of different polishes…….clear shoe drawers! They were only $8.99 a drawer and I bought two, although I may go back and get another!

Each clear shoe drawer from The Container Store holds about 45-55 nail polishes, depending on the sizes of the bottles. I also love that they are drawers and not just boxes, so I can easily get to everything. My under-the-counter sink went from this to this, and I have so much more room!

style trials under the sink organization the container store I really think this is a great way to organize nail polish, especially if you have a checklist like me.

Is it kind of weird that I get a kick out of cleaning and organizing since becoming a homeowner? Haha, my Hubby thinks so but also loves it at the same time!

How do you organize nail polish? I’m sure you have a ton of other great ideas, so please share them in a comment!

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  1. Oh my gosh, you have SO many nail polishes! I’m lucky if I own ten haha. Clever idea though 🙂

    • Haha I know, I’m baaaad. I justify it to myself because I don’t get professional mani/pedis often. 🙂

  2. dude, i need to get this organized with my polishes!! they are out of control!

    • I know what you mean, mine were everywhere! Pretty sure the hubby got sick of finding my little “pop-up mani stations” all over the house. Good new is, feeling organized makes me actually want to put things away.

  3. Feel free to come organize my beauty stuff this weekend 🙂

  4. What a good idea- right now I just have all my polishes in a wicker basket. I only see the top layer, so I never use any on the bottom!! I’m going to steal this one!

    • Yay, glad to help! I’m actually going to get more of these drawers to use for other random beauty products too…they work like a charm!

  5. OMG such a good idea! I have WAY too many nail polishes all over the place!

  6. Great organizational tips for nail polishes and bathroom products. Thanks Style Trials!

    • You’re welcome! I also fit in my gel manicure kit and light, so you could probably do that with yours too!

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