02 June 2011

Storage Decisions: Alex vs. Helmer

Alex vs. Helmer
When I started collection nail polish a few years ago I desperately need some sort of organization for my stash.  Back then I had only 200 - 300 bottles, so the Helmer was a perfect fit.  To see pictures of what my stash used to look like when I used the Helmers, click here.

However, as my stash grew, I became less and less enamored with the Helmers.  Mostly because of lack of floorspace, the amount of Helmers I would need would be at least four, and they take up a lot of room!  When my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas last year, I immediately said "a tall Alex!"  Luckily, he knew I meant furniture.

I took pictures of my stash so you can see how much can fit in each piece of furniture.  Again, to see Helmers in use, click here.

I use the top of my Alex as my photo studio, on the top of the tier plastic shelf is my Ott light.

Misa, Barielle, DC, Funky Fingers, Color Club

Revlon, Orly, SpaRitual

Funky Fingers, Kleancolor, Icing, Cult Nails, BB Couture, Nubar

Essie, Zoya

Random flakies, holos, and frankens

Illamasqua, Chanel, Dior, Clarins, RBL, Butter London, Deborah Lippman

Catrice, GOSH, Nails Inc, p2, Bloom, BYS, Barry M


Sally Hansen, Rimmel, Borghese, Milani

The Short Alex
The top three drawers in the Short Alex are too shallow for polish, so I use them to store some of my makeup and such. 

Eyeshadow palettes

Single eyeshadows and random makeup bits


China Glaze


To give you an idea of how many polishes you can fit in the short Alex, I have 84 OPI's in the bottom drawer, and it is half full.  One of the deeper drawers has been omitted.

EDIT:  Another short Alex owner has informed me that these drawers cannot support the weight if they are full!  I won't be adding any additional polish to them.

Today, my two Helmers hold franken suppies, mailing supplies and hair accessories!

Both the Helmer and the Alex can be purchased at IKEA.  Retail price varies by country, but in the US Helmers are $39.99 and the two Alex units shown are $119.99 each.  I found the drawer liners at Target.

I hope you enjoy a peak inside my stash!