5 August 2012

Nail polish storage

In our office area we have an Ikea Expedit unit. It holds two little chests of drawers (also Ikea) and four brown-and-white cardboard boxes (ditto). The box on the top left holds my nail polishes and other manicure bits. I like having it in the office / living area because that's where I do my nails.

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This way of storing them worked fine for a while and I could find what I needed ... until my collection grew and the inside of the box became a jumbled mess and it became hard to find anything specific.

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I decided to keep the nail polishes where they were but refine the storage. I started by taking everything out of the box and putting it on a tray.

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Then I took an empty box that we had lying around (from a Lego set) and cut strips - some long enough for the width of the box, some long enough for the depth:

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I cut notches halfway through each strip:

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This enabled me to slot them together.

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Now, you can see that I didn't use super thick cardboard, it was fairly thin, but because it is thicker than regular cardstock this made the cardboard kind of buckle as they went together. I had expected this and was okay with it, but if you don't want this to happen then use thin cardstock.

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I popped the grid into the box ...

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... and voila! Neater storage of my nail polishes and they no longer fall over and roll around.

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But what about my nail file, wheels, nail polish remover, etc? A plastic tray that I already had did the job of storing those and fits on top of the nail polishes.

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Here's a before and after. Much better!

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If you'd like to see a post showing my whole collection, let me know and I'll happily do one :)





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7 comments:

  1. Love this idea. Might have to try this so I can see what I have.

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  2. Jen, just an idea - what about painting a small bit of the colour on each lid then you'll be able to see at a glance the colour you want without having to lift the bottles out of their slot.

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    1. Great idea, I keep meaning to buy little round white stickers to do that!

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  3. wow! what a difference - great idea!

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  4. How clever Jen! I have those same floral boxes :)

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  5. This is genius!! and way cheaper than the 400 one i just looked at...i might have to adapt it for my 200 nail polishes though :)

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  6. Woah this is great! I tried it for my nail polish drawer and kinda failed, my cardboard was too thick, trying something else now but this is a great idea!

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