Then I outgrew that bin, so I pulled out a bigger drawer.
Then I outgrew even that. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what sort of storage system I could create with very little money. I was considering getting a bookshelf and then adding some sort of tiered mini-shelves onto each shelf, so I could see all the colors even to the back. But while browsing for shelves, I discovered there is a type of shelf, designed like a bookshelf, but not as deep: DVD shelving. So I found a nice DVD/media storage shelf at Walmart for only $20, short enough to sit next to my desk but not block the window, and I ordered it ship-to-store. And I waited. And waited. And then I got a refund, with no explanation whatsoever. Our theory is that it was damaged on the way to the store. Whatever. Rather than trying again, I headed down to the bigger Walmart in town to see what they had available. I discovered the same shelving system...but I also discovered that the one that's person-height? Is built in two halves. The long side boards only go half-way up, which allowed me to put it together as a short shelf, but I still have the rest of it and when my polish started to overflow this shelf, I can add the second half to it! Yay! So here's my current polish stash:
A closer look at the top half shows that I have my acetone & polish thinner, swatching sticks, and various nail art tools on the top of the shelf. First shelf down holds my indie polishes, Nubar, all my top & base coats, my two (2!) lonely OPIs, and I put my Milani whites there just because I grab them all the d*mn time. :) Second shelf has NYC, Essie (my one lonely CND is there, too, because it has similar effects to the Essies I own), Sinful Colors, and Sally Hansen.
The close-up of the bottom half of the shelf shows that on the third shelf down, I have Zoya, Pure Ice, and allllllll my China Glazes. Yep, I've got a lot of those (not least for buying the entire Capitol Colors Collection...Thank you Victoria Nail Supply for $2.75 CGs! ;) Last but not least, the bottom shelf holds all my glitters, rhinestones, etc., in a little plastic bin, my duplicate polishes for some future giveaway, all my random brands that I only own a single color of, and my magnetics & crackles. Also the few wee frankened colors I've made for some manicure or other.
On the left of my shelf, I've re-located the bin that used to hold my polish, but now holds the kids coloring books, paper, and other art supplies. A variety of nail art supplies sits on top of it. And, I just realized, a few mini polishes that I had in a bag to keep from losing them in the chaos of the drawer. I should take those out and figure out a place for them on the shelves. ^_^
So there's my stash storage solution! What do you think? :)