Tuesday, February 1, 2011

My First Helmer! ♥


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I absolutely loveeee my new Helmer! For those of you who don't know what a Helmer is, it's an IKEA drawer unit that has dimensions perfect for nail polish storage. It has six separate drawers which means you can easily organize your collection by colour, brand, or both. For the longest time, I held back in getting one because I thought I'll never be able to fill it up. Subconsciously, I also expected that even if I do get one I'll have at least two empty drawers left to put my nail art supplies and treatments in there. Do you want to know what happened in the end? Well, I totally underestimated the degree of my nail polish obsession because I only had two-thirds of a drawer left by the time I was done haha!

A Helmer can hold approximately 400-600 bottles of nail polish depending on their sizes. For instance, a single drawer holds 66 bottles of the regular, full-sized OPIs; however, it can hold up to 100 bottles if they're smaller in size. (eg. Wet n wilds, Rescue Beauty Lounges, Essies, etc.)

Anyway, I dreaded building it myself because I had a terrible experience putting together my Melmer the last time around. =S As a result, I had an amazing guy friend who kindly offered to build it for me. He wasn't feeling too well the day he came over either so THANK YOU SO MUCH HILBERT, I really appreciate it! =D

Here's how I organized my collection:
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1st drawer: reds, oranges, and yellows

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2nd drawer: pinks

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3rd drawer: purples

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4th drawer: greens and nudes

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5th drawer: blues, greys, and whites

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6th drawer: some leftover polishes that wouldn't fit anywhere else, treatments, nail art supplies

30 comments:

  1. Omg you have an amazing collection! And it must feel so good to have everything so organized! I'm a total neat freak and I dream of needing a drawer that big one day! I only have about 20 nail polish bottles so I'm still far from my goal! :) I'm happy for your new acquisition! <3

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  2. holy f*ck! SO MUCH nail polishes!

    *heaven*

    that is just amaaaaazing!!

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  3. Love the way your organized them :) Helmer is the best!

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  4. I have a shiny red Helmer and I love it. One of the best things I've ever bought. I will no doubt need a new one before too long. Your collection is amazing.

    xx

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  5. I love it! :) so organized, not so sure if we have this one in the philippines. hope we have coz imma gonna buy one! ;p

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  6. Yay! And thanks for giving us a peek in all the drawers--I love seeing other people's stashes. :)

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  7. drawer envy! <3 you made me even think of asking my cousin (who is in sweden) to buy it for me because obviously there isn't an Ikea in Chile (i would have one hell of a room -and house!- if we had it).

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  8. I dont know hat im more jealous about more, the drawers or the awesome collection of yours! thanks for sharing!

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  9. love love love! I am in desperate need of my second helmer already! When I first got it, I didn't think I would be able to fill it up! you are going to love it! I have them organized by brand...OPI, China Glaze, Essie, etc. then misc. in the last drawer :)

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  10. Your collection is massive! Love love love :D I think it would take be forever to accumulate so many. My collection is itty bitty and lacking in so many parts of the color spectrum!

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  11. Congrats on your Helmer...love your collection and now you are already ready for a second helmer. :)

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  12. Wow! I'd love a Helmer (and a rummage through your collection!) So neat! Thanks for sharing, Wan!

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  13. haha. you finally caved in! Isn't it so much better now? I absolutely love love love mine :)

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  14. Omg you have soooo many nail polishes!!! I'm so jealous!! Congrats on being organized! :D

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  15. Yay!!! I didn't realize they still sold Helmers, so that's good to know. YAY HILBERT!

    What's a Melmer?

    I like how you bordered the photos accordingly. n_n And I'm inspired to work on making my collection less pink/coral skewed...

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  16. LOVE IT. I WANT ONE OF THESE.
    And I'm so jealous of your collection.

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  17. wow I love you collection and how you organised it!! i want something like this too! next stop ikea!!

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  18. great collection! so jealous of your polishes, haha!

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  19. OhmyGod ! ^^ i love your collection !

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  20. I have the sameeeee ( white too ) and I'm totally in love ... You have more poliches than me, I want your collection !

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  21. OMG !! So beautiful collection !

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  22. Wow, I can not believe your collection. This is great !!!

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  23. your collection is HUGE!!! I posted mine but it's micro if compared to your!!

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  24. OMG! I did the same thing- I NEVER thought I'd fill it, but I did, and have wanted a second one since the minute I finished putting together the first one!!!(Makeup collection? Oh, yeah!!!)
    A totally helpful thing that another blogger mentioned was to get the bumply-rubbery drawer liner for the drawers, so the bottles don't slide into one another every time you open a drawer. It works!
    I was worried that it would make the bottles too tall, but except for one weird dollar store bottle with a nail file in the cap, they all fit beautifully. Yay! Anyhow, congratulations on your Helmer- I hope you will be very happy together! ;-)

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  25. Oh my goodness! That's a crazy collection!

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  26. It looks just lovely, love it! However you do not have room to grow :)

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  27. Yay! Another Vancouverite!! ;)

    I just bought my first helmer a few weeks ago and love it! Although you have to be careful pulling the drawers out (they don't fit as tight vertically as I'd like). I've just filled 2 drawers (organized by brand) so I've got a looong way to go to match yours. I'm gonna grab ReaderRita's idea and put some lining in them so the bottles don't slide all over the place. ;)

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  28. Wow! I wish that was my collection...

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  29. WOW, what a big collection !! :-O Thought I was obsessed by nail polishes but seems some people are worse XD Anyway, what a great passion, isn't it ? =D

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