10 Chic Ways to Organize Your Nail Polish Collection

April 08, 2020
By: Tembe Denton-Hurst | Makeup.com by L'Oréal

Raise your hand if your medicine cabinet or beauty draw/closet/room is filled to the brim with products. Yup, same here. It’s easy to hoard beauty products, especiallynail polishes. With so many colors and finishes, not to mention the affordable price points, we can’t stop adding to our already extensive collections. The tricky part is figuring out where to put them all. 

Now that we’re all social distancing and spending a lot of time at home, now’s the perfect time to finally tackle organizing your nail polish collection. We’ve rounded up our favorite nail polish organization ideas on the Internet, from the wall shelf that’ll make your stash look salon-ready to the carrying case you’ll want to take on the go when you can travel again.

Organization Hack #1: Create an Under-Vanity Salon
Bring the nail salon to your own home by creating one beneath your vanity, like Ashli Stockton, founder of good vibe shop Sunday Forever. “I never have time to get my nails done and always do them myself,” she says. “I have so many polishes and press-ons that I can’t see what I have, so I thought I’d use the blank space under my vanity on the walls. I got lucite shelves, the bins, the clips and the light on Amazon and voila! I love to crawl under there and do my nails.”


Organization Hack #2: Build Your Own Classic Polish Wall

Nail polish enthusiast Olivia Anderson (better known as @essiebuff on the ‘gram) organized her polish stash using display shelves and created a color-coordinated polish wall to rival your local salon’s. This is a great option for anyone who has a hoard of polishes and the space to show them off for everyone to see.

Organization Hack #3: Make a Statement 

If you want your polish collection to look like a piece of art, try this ornate polish frame from Bye Edda Design, which features a fancy frame and a few shelves to help you show off your favorite hues.

Organization Hack #4: Use a Designated Drawer

If you have endless polishes try @velvetmarmoset’s method, which includes using the front of a drawer to display polish samples using color-coded magnets. She explains that she first bought small cabochons and painted them with nail polish. After letting it dry for a day, she glued on small circular magnets and placed them in order on her drawer.

Organization Hack #5: Turn Your Jewelry Hanger Into a Polish Hanger

Surprisingly, jewelry hangers are a great solution for storing your nail polishes, especially if you’re low on space. This works particularly well if you have a medium-sized collection, and it makes it easy to pick the polish you want.

Organization Hack #6: Opt for a Polish Wheel

If you’re a salon regular then you’re probably familiar with the polish sample wheel that features fake nails painted with every shade that’s available on the polish wall. Use this for your own polish stash, so you can choose your shade without swatching them each and every time.

Organization Hack #7: Spring for a Dedicated Case

If you need to stack your polishes but want to keep them ultra-organized, we recommend the Color Clutch, a nail polish case that has a clear top and spaces on the side for swatching your polishes. Each polish sits in its own little slot, making this the perfect storage solution that you can also take on the go.

Organization Hack #8: Contain It

If you don’t want your collection on display, try buying clear storage containers with individual pockets to hold each of your nail polishes. Tuck them away in a draw, under your bed or in your bathroom cabinet.

Organization Hack #9: Use a Lipstick Tray

You’re probably familiar with these clear acrylic trays for holding your equally extensive lipstick collection, but did you know they work just as well to store your nail polishes? These organizers are great because they don’t take up that much space and hold a lot of nail polishes.

Organization Hack #10: Use What You Already Have

If you have any glass containers or jars laying around the house, use them for your nail polish collection. You can also get real creative and color code each jar so it looks like a piece of decor on your vanity.

Photo Courtesy of: Ashli Stockton

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