Sunday, August 14, 2011

(Re)organized My Stash!

I recently went to Ikea with a friend, and my main goal was to find something to organize my polishes in. Something that's not a Helmer. I know, I know. Everyone loves 'em! I just can't get into them. I eventually hope to find something vintage that will work for this purpose (perhaps someday when I live in a place with more than one room - so over living in a studio!). For the time being, I wanted something functional, small, and easy on the bank account. I decided on those cardboard organizing boxes that you fold together, in a pin stripe pattern because it reminded me of pin stripe suits, which then reminded me of John Dillinger and other 1930s gangsters.

My old "organizing" method. A Caboodle circa 1996, shoe boxes, and various boxes sent from Nicole. And tons of nail polish just sitting all over my apartment. You can also see a few of my other interests in this photo: embroidery, knitting, Bettie Page. That's me in a nutshell. Also, check out how pretentious I look with my MacBook Pro conveniently in the photo! Did you hear that Apple now has more money than the US government? Yeah just let that sink in for a few seconds.

The fun begins! Everything on the bed and placed in groups. That pillow case desperately needs to be thrown out, but I just can't let it go! Bonus appearance by the feet of a Hello Kitty stuffed animal in the foreground. You'd think someone who studied photography at college could make better photos than this.

Much better! This started out as the "salon brands" bin, but let's face it, my collection is not that big so some drug store stuff gets to sit in here, too. OPI, China Glaze, Zoya, Nicole by OPI, Sephora by OPI, American Apparel, Deborah Lippmann, Sally Hansen, etc.

This is the "UK/Street Wear/Leftovers" bin. Nails Inc, Models Own, Barry M, Star Gazer, Miss Sporty, Gosh, Street Wear, L.A. Girl/Forever 21/Love & Beauty, e.l.f., etc.

Lookin' like true gangstas! I should have included my toy Thompson sub-machine gun in the photo for added humor, but the thought came too late.
What do you guys think of these bins as nail polish storage?

1 comment:

  1. Great idea! I just went to my local Container Store this weekend and was so close to buying a bunch of acrylic nail polish stands, but chickened out at last second - I would have needed so many as they only held 10 each!