Ikea Helmer Storage Suggestion for Make-up Addicts: The Nail Polish Edition

By Lynnie | November 1 2011 | 34 Comments

ikea helmer for makeup storage

It’s a revelation that will surprise exactly no-one, but let’s just get it on record anyway: my name is Lynda, and I am a make-up junkie. My condition is long-term – it predates my beauty blogging by about, oh, 10-to-15 years – and it interferes with my day-to-day activities on a regular basis because it means I can’t resist the call of a counter or stand, be it in a pharmacy or a department store or a salon supply shop, to save my life.

I like to browse nearly as much as I like to purchase, and yes: I am a bit of a nightmare to steer through duty free.

To make matters worse, I’m also a recovering hoarder. I take it one day at a time and still find it hard to chuck things with even the most tenuous sentimental attachment, but downsizing from a two-bed gaff with deadly built-in storage to a one bed flah earlier in the year has definitely helped with my (gradual) rehabilitation.

In the run up to the move, I got rid of lots of what I can only describe as crap and parted company with clothes, shoes and bags that I don’t wear anymore, but predictably the beauty bits suffered only the mildest of pre-move haircuts. And, er, there was no nail polish cull at all.

So when Cakeinthcountry wondered how and where the feck we store all the make-up that we blog about every day, I thought I’d show you how a make-up junkie and beauty writer with a hoarding disorder and a nail polish problem organises her nails shizz.

Originally I liked the idea of keeping my polishes in pretty boxes atop my chest of drawers, but having the boxes on display wrecked my head after a while so I moved them under the bed and then simply used shoe boxes for additional storage as my collection grew. Eventually, I graduated to a small wicker drawer unit in the bathroom for easy access and so that I could see my entire stash at a glance, but a couple of weeks ago when even that was overflowing I decided that it was high time for an upgrade.

One trip to Ikea and just shy of €30 later, I had me an off-white Helmer drawer unit. It’s a small six-drawer filing cabinet that’s also available in red, and is widely regarded by nail polish bloggers as The Ultimate Holy Grail Storage Solution; I’ve noticed that lots of salons use it to store polishes, too.

ikea helmer for polish storage

Just some of the stashand that’s only half a drawer’s worth

Since it doesn’t look like your typical bathroom storage unit, I keep mine in the hallway-cum-living room, tucked fairly unobtrusively between the front door and a credenza, which is handy for me as I usually do my nails in front of the telly and of course it also keeps the bathroom from feeling cluttered. It would look equally at home in a home office space.

Considering how easy it is to put together (I was done in less than 30 minutes), that it seems born to hold nail polish (each drawer is just deep enough to accommodate a standard sized bottle standing upright), and its incredible capacity (I’d guesstimate that it’d hold about 400-to-500 bottles) the Helmer is a bit of a no-brainer solution for anyone with a lot of polish to store. It’ll be complete overkill for some people, of course, but I’d definitely recommend a Helmer if you need a dedicated place to hoard keep your collection.

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34 Replies to "Ikea Helmer Storage Suggestion for Make-up Addicts: The Nail Polish Edition"

  • Joy says:

    Ooh this is lovely so compact and sleek! Need me one of those!

  • Edelmc says:

    I was just thinking of picking up one of these for my make up. Do you store your make up in it too? If not what do you store your make up in?

  • Kitty In The City says:

    Do you have nail varnish in *every* drawer?

  • Lynnie says:

    Edelmc – no, although this would probably be a good bet for make-up too (bear in mind that things like bottles of liquid foundation won’t have room to stand up in it.) Mine’s in the bathroom mostly. There’s a really deep vanity unit under the bathroom sink with drawers, so I keep my day-to-day skincare and make-up in the drawers and the rest in boxes in the unit’s shelved section.

    KITC – um… no?

    Yes, but it’s not full. I’ve split them so there’s sort of a drawer for brights, one for darks and glitters, one for base coats/top coats/treatments, one for nail art stuff, etc, so each drawer’s probably about half/three-quarters full.

  • Kirstie says:

    I’m totally having a nosy goo at what’s in there …

  • Cailín says:

    More posts on beauty storage please!having a peek at lynnies impressive range of chanel!

  • Totes was trying to zoom in to see what’s in your stash, love having a nosey! I need something to store my polishes too but already have a big unit for my make up. I went to Ikea over the weekend and picked up some drawer separators so going to see if I can somewhat organise my polishes, rather than leaving them in the big huge wash bag that they’re currently in, it’s not fair on them!

  • Edelmc says:

    2nd the request for more posts on storage!

  • boredmum says:

    oh i am sooooo getting one of theses, love your nail polish collection, my mother wud kill for that collection, she is the biggest nail polish whore ever.. lol

  • Cacamilis says:

    I have a red one in my bathroom – so general bathroom ungents and gunge. It is really handy but putting it together is a pain.

  • I want one of this, *adds to IKEA list*

  • *these not this, oops.

  • Got to love ikea :) I’m looking forward to a trip to there Christmas section !!

  • Lynnie says:

    Cacamilis, I flipping LOVE putting Ikea furniture together – maybe I should offer my services to any Beaut.ies that buy a Helmer as a result of this post? ;)

  • Fee says:

    The only reason I didn’t get one of these when I went to IKEA was that we literally couldn’t fit anything else in the car! I probably only have about half a drawer’s worth of polish but having looked at in in-store it seemed ideal for storing other make-up too.

  • miffyonline says:

    Hey there Helmer twin!!! I have the very same one, and mine is getting very full too! I made a couple of the drawers inside-out before I copped on.

    I store mostly polish and polish-related bits. Mine sits in a corner of the bedroom – in the winter by the velux window and in the summer by the radiator, to minimise heat issues. :)

    I’d ideally love another Helmer for makeup but I think hubbie might issue divorce proceedings. Most of my makeup stash is hidden in a wardrobe and a neat 3-drawer plastic yoke in the bathroom. In fairness my makeup devotion has lessened somewhat, now that I collect polish, and um, skincare. And books. Oops.

  • Lorrrrrraine says:

    I love storage posts! I’d do one myself if my storage wasn’t so awful. I’ve got a carpet of books and a blanket of make-up at the moment.

  • I have a bigger version of this unit, and it has a couple of deeper shelves near the bottom. During this summer, it was an absolutely perfect place to store my makeup, but unfortunately come September I had to bring it downstairs, as it was originally intended for studying purposes and sheet storage and it is needed to prop up my IKEA desk.

    No matter how much I begged, my mum would not let me keep it upstairs, so now it is going fairly unused underneath my desk. Keeping my polishes there would be a HUGE no no, I get so distracted by polishes and makeup that It would NOT be good for my study!

  • Susan says:

    Is anyone else wondering what the flip a credenza is?!

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