Nail Polish Stash – July 2010


I haven’t done a stash post in awhile, and it’s grown significantly since the last one. I don’t have an exact count, but am guessing between 1700-2000 by now.

I hope you know I never ever do these posts to brag in any way, shape or form. This just happens to be something I collect, and I like sharing it with other people who like the same things I do. I love seeing other people’s polish and makeup stash’s, (and how they organize), so I thought you might enjoy this. :)

My stash is now organized by color, rather than brand like it used to be. I think I like this way better because I can find similar colors a lot quicker. The only issue for me (because I am SOOOOOO anal) is I can’t really organize by color, then brand because I would have to constantly re-shuffle everything around. SO it’s kind of bugging me, but I’ll get over it.

Here are my 4 drawer plastic bins from Target. Sadly I haven’t been able to find this kind anymore in stores, so I think they stopped making them. Such a bummer because they are a great height for nail polish and have rollers on the bottom if you need them. Also I don’t have them like this yet, but once we get the baseboards in the closet finished, I will stack these babies two-high (and drill them to the wall for earthquake safety) to save space.

Oh and check out the new carpet and wall color :) I plan on doing before/after pics still, but things are in total disarray until the baseboards get installed.

Yellows and oranges. I didn’t realize I had this many yellows until they were all in one place!


In the front are random glitters and my CND Effects. After that we have “mixed metals” which include gold, bronze and copper colors. Silver is elsewhere.

Grey in the front/middle and nudes in the back.

White in the front and blue starting in front/middle all the way through the back.

All blue!

Drawer 1 of green. Look at all the green BB’s!

Drawer 2 of green

In the front is silver, in the back is black. And no, I am not a Raiders fan, I loathe them actually :)

Drawer 1 of purple

Drawer 2 of purple

Drawer 3 of purple. Turns out I have more purple than any other color!

These are the bins I have to settle for at Target now. They are only 3 drawer and much deeper and more narrow, so a lot of space is wasted, which irks me. But these are the only large ones that would fit nail polish. One bonus is they were only $9.00, whereas the others I think were $30-35.

Drawer 1 of pink

Drawer 2 of pink

Drawer 3 of pink

On the bottom of all my drawers I get this drawer liner stuff from the kitchen area in Target, and cut it to fit the bottom. That way the polish stays upright and doesn’t slide around on the slippery plastic drawer bottoms.

Drawer 1 of red

Drawer 2 of red

And there you have it! I do also have 1 more cabinet (a red Helmer from IKEA) that houses un-trieds and nail art/fake nails, but I didn’t take pics of that.

You can also check out the video of my stash on my YouTube channel (and see Chewy live!).


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  • July 23, 2010

    No words… LOL

    Awesome stash! ( i can only dream )
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    • July 23, 2010

      Hi Michele,

      Thanks! Took a good 3 years to amass this amount haha!

  • July 23, 2010

    This looks great!!! I REALLY need to break down and do this too; I LOVE having mine organized by brand, because I like keeping bottles of the same shape together, but it is really annoying when I am looking for a dark green and I have to go through 12 different categories of polish before I find what I’m looking for.

    • July 23, 2010

      Hi Brooke,

      I was the same way, I like the bottle shapes together, but it was a HUGE PITA when trying to find dupes of colors, so that’s why I decided to re-arrange.

  • July 23, 2010

    Wow, what an awesome stash! As Michele said, I can only dream… Putting that grippy stuff in the bottom of the drawers is a great idea – mine are always sliding all over the place! I will definitely try that.
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    • July 23, 2010

      Hi Zara,

      Yes the grippy stuff is a must! :)

  • July 23, 2010

    Such organization!!! I’d love to get my hands on those earlier Target shelves, myself. How perfect! With back to school stuff coming out, I have been looking for plastic drawers that could house my collection. Which, by the way, isn’t as large as your beautiful, organized lovelies. :)
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  • July 23, 2010

    I love your blog, and your collection is just…Wow! That is a really great storage system you have. My collection is sorted by colors, as well, but in baskets. I think I need to reorganize!

    Loved seeing Chewy in the video. What a cutie! My long-haired tabby is named Chewy, too! There are some pics of him and his big brother on my blog.

    • July 23, 2010

      Hi Karin,

      Aww another Chewy! His full name is Chewbacca :)

  • July 23, 2010

    Great organization! I recently got a 5-drawer organizer from Target. It has 4 smaller drawers and one larger drawer. It fits my collection pretty well, though some bottles are a bit too tall and sometimes get knocked over when I open the drawer, haha. I’ll have to get some of that drawer liner stuff! That would seriously be a lifesaver.
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    • July 23, 2010

      Hi Jean,

      I think I saw those ones there but didn’t think they would be tall enough. You definitely need the drawer liner!

  • July 23, 2010
    aaminahs mom

    holy moly that purple drawer is the S&*t !!!!!!!!!!! i love purple too. i don’t know if you tried walmart they had them the one that did’t have the deep drawers..ooh sounds funny hey deep drawers lol

  • July 23, 2010

    Wowwww, I am speechless and in awe! Great collection!

  • July 23, 2010

    wow, impressive stash… I kinda feel lame that some of mine are unorganized
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  • July 23, 2010

    your the luckiest women in the world!

  • July 23, 2010

    Love Love Love your collection!!!! Thank you for sharing!!! I am in AWE! I have always loved polish; but more-so now than ever (partially because of you). I have an OPI nail polish carrying case (imagine a Kaboodle for nail polish), and now it has started to overflow. It is nice to see how you sort and store yours! Thank you again!!! These are always some of my favorite posts of yours!

  • July 23, 2010

    I just passed out!

    Wow – how do you decide what color to wear?? It must be so overwhelming!

    • July 23, 2010

      Hi Rachael,

      You are not kidding, it really is.

  • July 23, 2010

    Also! I love the new carpet and the new wall color!! They look very nice!

  • July 23, 2010

    I love the name Chewbacca :) I have a small dog that looks like an Ewok. I really have to find a storage solution for both my makeup and nail polish :)

  • July 23, 2010

    You know I have more purples than anything else also, which is surprising since I otherwise don’t like purple. Sure makes a great nail color, though!!

  • July 23, 2010

    How funny, I was just thinking of your past post of your stash last night. I was trying to think of others who organized their stash by brand and not color like me. I guess you don’t anymore though!

  • July 23, 2010

    Oh my! I was just wondering how many polishes you have. My husband made a frightening discovery of my “stash” the other night… (I probably have around 200 polishes). He said something like, “I think you have a problem…are you a hoarder?” (We had just finished watching some t.v. show about hoarders.) I quickly replied, “No, I’m a collector, not a hoarder.” Anyway, I organize by color, too, but I just went through and pulled all my “un-trieds” and put them in a separate box so that I would get to them. I am starting to feel guilty about buying new polishes, when I haven’t tried all the ones I currently own…

    How many “un-trieds” do you have? I mean, I know that you do the swatching, but how many of your polishes have you actually worn?

  • July 23, 2010

    I love seeing other people’s stash and read about how they organize what they have.
    The only thing I would like to know is what polish people would grab if the house was on fire. You know, the one or the ones that you couldn’t do without… With that many, it can’t be an easy choice, can it?
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    • July 23, 2010

      Hi Lisa,

      I wouldn’t even think of grabbing any polish if my house was on fire (unless I had like 2 hours to get things out). I would be more worried about the creatures who live here, pictures, computers (for the photos and info on them) and special items like jewelry, etc.

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  • July 23, 2010

    thats insane! insanely awesome that is. i especially envy the yellows. i have maybe 6 colors total, but never wear them cuz i absentmindedly pick at it, feels like a weight on my fingers haha. you were always extremely organized, im not surprised you have such a good system going on.
    i got those plastic storage things at joanns fabrics before, not sure if its the same model though. i think they seasonally show up at places like kmart and target.
    this and your ikea shelves make me think i should attempt to do something about my book-hoarder status.

    • July 23, 2010

      Hi egglet,

      Thanks! I’ll have to check Joann’s for some storage ideas also since Target doesn’t seem to have my fav ones anymore. How do you store your books now? I am telling you, this Ikea thing was SUCH a great idea! I love it.

  • July 23, 2010

    Seeing how many you have kelly, now would you prevent these from drying up? You can’t use them all can you? Just wondering. that is ALOT!!! WOW!!!!! Ill have to come over to shop if I want any color, but I know you collect them, not sell them!

    • July 23, 2010

      Hi stephanie,

      I have never had a polish dry up on me actually. But if they do, you can use this Polish Revive stuff that brings them back! Come over any time chickie, you can borrow whatever you want. Since you live 3 miles from me and all 😀

  • July 23, 2010

    I thought I was the only one that liked to be organized, I see now you have me beat. I’m all for anything that makes your life easier.
    Good idea using shelf liner in the bottom of the drawer One question, what do you do to keep the nail polish from getting thick? I keep mine in the refrigerator!

    • July 23, 2010

      Hi Kelly,

      I haven’t really had any get thick on me, and if they did I would use a polish reviver. Obviously I can’t keep mine in the fridge, LOL. Plus I always heard that’s a myth anyway…

  • July 23, 2010

    Wow, amazing collection! I have one 4-drawer organizer from Target and it’s great! Now I have got to get the liners because my polishes always slide around. Thanks for sharing!

  • July 23, 2010

    I love seeing stash posts! I get all excited seeing how other people organize their polishes. I’m a nerd, I know. :)

    Is this the same as your 4 drawer bins?

    I have one of the 3 drawer bins (with the narrower, deeper drawers) and I hate it , but it’s the only thing I could find that would fit my 50 or so polishes. I’d love to get one of the 4 drawer bins. I have my stash sorted by color, too – blue, green, and purple/pink/red (if I had four drawers, I’d put pink/red in the 4th).


    • July 23, 2010

      Hi Kelsey,

      YES THAT’S IT! Why did I never think to look at Sterilite’s website, DUH! Thanks that’s SO nice to know :)

    • July 23, 2010

      You could go for 730… you do have toes too, no?
      This is, of course, how I rationalize purchasing more and more polish myself 😉

  • July 23, 2010

    Awesome! I love seeing pics of other people’s stashes :) I just reached about 200 bottles and I’m contemplating storage. I used the totes with snap on lids and handles from Sterilite. I’ve got 4 full hahah My husband is getting concerned as I only had half of 1 filled this spring ;D There are so many brands and colors and AH so pretty. Do you ever stop and think, WOW I could wear a different color EVERYDAY for like 5 years? hahah I think I may have to curb myself around 365 colors for sanity’s sake LOL

  • July 23, 2010

    Fantastic stash! If possible could you tell what the purple polish is called in the picture named purple drawer 2, it’s the first one on the second row up on the right from the bottom,looks to be a zoya I think? :)

  • July 23, 2010

    My bins are like that, and I got mine at WalMart. Love the lining. Never thought to do that. I hate how my polishes slide around when I open drawers. I am every envious of your collection!

    • July 23, 2010

      Oops, I meant VERY envious!

  • July 23, 2010

    Awesome stash! I have mine in helmers but I use that same drawer liner and it makes such a big difference. Mine are sorted by brand right now but it is hard to find what I want sometimes so I’ve been trying to decide how to redo it.

  • July 23, 2010

    I love looking at all your pretty colors!
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  • July 23, 2010

    How do you keep nailpolishes from going bad ? When I keep some they get really thick in the bottles?

    • July 23, 2010

      no worries! use nail polish thinner. it replenishes the ingredients that evaporate and make it thick
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    • July 23, 2010

      Hi Chileanfrecia,

      Usually if they seem thick, when I shake them they are fine. If not you could use a polish reviver. :)

  • July 23, 2010

    i love this post! i love seeing how polishes (especially mass amounts of polishes) are stored by others.. i’m constantly fighting with how and where to store my polish so it’s nice to get new ideas and see new pictures :)

  • July 23, 2010

    Okay, I lost everything I posted from earlier, hope this isn’t a repeat. I like the way you’ve organized your polish is a great idea and the use of the shelf liner was a great. I was wondering how do you keep your polish from getting thick? I don’t have that many bottles but I have to keep them in the refrigerator so they remain easy to apply.

  • July 23, 2010

    I absolutely love that you did a video for this. Great pics and vid. Amazing stash!

  • July 23, 2010

    This is so fantastic it makes me speachless…

  • July 23, 2010

    Ohhh, this post is great, but the video is even better! Chewie is so CUTE!!!

    I want to bring your polish collection home with me, but I don’t have any place to PUT it!! I absolutely cannot get to that point, I can’t. My husband will send me packing if I do!!

    … but you watch, I’m gonna end up with more than I ever intended. I never thought I’d fill the rubbermaid tub I’m using now, but it’s… stuffed.

  • July 24, 2010

    Thanks for sharing your stash. I’m always interested in stash photos for the organizing. I’ve always hope a polish collector would design the perfect stash holder. I would certainly buy a few!

  • July 24, 2010

    Wow, that’s a LOT of polish!

  • July 24, 2010

    That liner stuff is a really good idea. It’s SO annoying when they slip around and you have to reorganize them. I’m getting some of that today!

  • July 24, 2010

    I know for a fact that they still make those bins because I picked one up for *my* nail polish only a week ago. Except I bought mine at Wal-Mart, and the white part is black instead of white. However, I think I remember seeing white ones as well. Hope that helps!
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  • July 24, 2010

    Amazing collection! Not that you need any more polish but you should check out Essence nail polishes at Ulta. If you need more convincing they are some of my favorites, a German import, and only 99 cents.

  • July 24, 2010

    I love this! So many nice colours…
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  • July 24, 2010

    *shocked speechless* your army of nail polishes is going to take over the world!!!!!

    love your green and purple platoons 😀

    and i’m kinda curious. under which colour group would you fit chanel paradoxal? i arrange my polishes by colour as well, but always run into trouble when faced with ambiguous (paradoxical?) ones :S

    • July 24, 2010

      Hi cheryl,

      I put it under Purple because it looks more purple to me than any other color.

  • July 24, 2010

    This is probably going to strike you as a strange comment to make on a haul post, but I have to thank you for saying that you consider yourself anal, rather than saying “I’m so OCD”. I see the “I’m OCD” thing floating around VERY often when it comes to haul posts, and these people are rarely, if ever afflicted by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder so it always rubs me the wrong way… thank you for being conscious of the language you use, it gave me a warm fuzzy feeling inside, haha.

    • July 24, 2010

      Hi Momo,

      I would never say that and totally agree with you. I know a few people with real OCD and it’s definitely not a cute or funny subject!

  • July 24, 2010

    This is truly a collection to die for! :) Thank you for sharing!

  • July 24, 2010

    Hi Kelly,

    I am in awe at your collection. Good for you. I wish we were neighbors so I could trade you chocolate chip cookies for the use of some of your fun polishes. : )

    Thank you so much for sharing the pics!!

  • July 24, 2010

    wow, I thought that I had alot, but your stash is nothing compared to mine o_o *gulps* awesome <3

  • July 24, 2010

    ‘m a girl from singapore!
    i just came across your web today. AWESOME-NESS!
    i current own less than 50bottles & my mom’s already complaining!
    reason: “we only have one pair of hands and legs. why do we need so many nail polishes? ”
    if i show her this, she’d flip! hahahahah
    cant imagine how long you took to organise these babies so neatly, on top of the time taken to decide what colour to apply everyweek.. and the shade.. 😀


  • July 25, 2010

    Awesome collection! I had to show it to my husband to prove to him that there are people that have more polish than I do 😉

  • July 25, 2010

    Wow! I feel so much better about my collection after seeing the enormity of yours!

  • July 25, 2010

    Hi hi!
    Wowza at your collection! I have about 200 bottles currently, and I arrange them by brand for now, and within each brand by color. I am OCD about the storage like you too, and I wish I have a wall fixture where I can display all my nail polish like in the nail salons. LOL.
    And yup, I also use the same rubbery mats stuff to line my drawers so the bottles don’t fall all over the place.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  • July 26, 2010

    awesome collection!!! I would wana own them all!!!
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  • July 26, 2010

    Love your collection and how you’ve organized it. Maybe I missed it (I watched your You Tube video too), but where did you put your greige/taupe type colors?

    • July 26, 2010

      Hi GwenSA,

      All taupes are in the brown section.

  • July 27, 2010

    Hey I just saw similar bins at Big Lotz- not sure if you have that where you live, but they were $16-$17.
    Awesome collection!

  • July 29, 2010

    I showed this to my boyfriend. lol. He near bout flipped a s***. He goes ‘If you ever have that many, I’m having a garage sale while your at work” I lol’d and told him the most I would ever have is like 200…*thinks for a moment* Maybe…

    • July 29, 2010

      Hi Kimberley,

      Well this is years of collecting (like some people collect baseball cards or toys or coins) and the majority I didn’t buy either :)