How to Organize Nail Supplies

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Are you always searching high and low for a nail file, nail clipper, or your favorite shade of nail polish?   

In this post, I offer several tips to help you put your manicure/pedicure supplies in order.

These tips are good for both women’s and men’s nail care.

It really doesn’t matter what items you have in your home, so long as you have an easy way to organize and store things.

Ready? Let’s begin!

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Round up must-have nail supplies.

Chances are, you probably have many, if not all, of these items in your home.

Take a few minutes to look for supplies in your bathroom and bedroom.

You may find it helpful to create a short list of your favorite or desired nail supplies.

If you can’t find what you need at home, you’ll know a trip to the store is in order.

Here’s a list of nail supply items to get you started:

  • Nail polish
  • Nail brushes
  • Nail file or emery board
  • Nail clipper/scissors
  • Nail buffer
  • Nail scrubber
  • Nail cleaner
  • Cuticle nipper
  • Cuticle pusher
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cotton balls or pads
  • Nail polish remover
  • Hand/Foot exfoliant
  • Hand/Foot softener
  • Hand/Foot oils
  • Hand/Foot cream or lotion
  • Small towels

Evaluate your supplies.

Once you’ve got everything rounded up, it’s a good idea to do some basic housekeeping to make sure your supplies are in tip-top shape. Here’s some things you can do:

  • Throw away separated, expired, cracked, or leaking containers (including nail polish, creams, oils, softeners, etc.)
  • Dispose of broken, cracked, or rusted tools
  • Throughly clean and sanitize tools. Check out Nailene’s step-by-step cleaning instructions.
  • Launder towels, if necessary

Choose an organizing solution that works for you.

Just as there are hundreds of nail polish shades, there are hundreds of ways to store nail supplies. The key is to select one that works for you and your lifestyle.

Here are some questions to keep in mind:

  • Do you use your nail supplies daily, weekly, or every couple of weeks?
  • Do you use your supplies in same location of the home (such as the bathroom), or do you use them in other areas of the home (such as painting your nails in the den or living room)?
  • Would you rather have your supplies out in the open for easy accessibility, or would you rather have them tucked away somewhere for added safety?

Now that you’ve defined your preferences, you can select the best storage method for you. Here are a few ways you can organize and store your nail supplies:

In a portable storage container – You could purchase a specially designed nail kit, or make use of a small to medium-sized plastic container that has a lid. Place all of your supplies in the container; you may want to use smaller containers or dividers to keep things separated. Make room on top of, or in a cabinet of your bathroom vanity, and store your kit there.

On a shelf – Create some space on a shelf in your bathroom closet or medicine cabinet. Add in a small tension rod to hold  bottles of nail polish, creams, etc. Place nail tools in a lockable plastic or other container.  You could also use a magnetic strip to store metal tools upright on the back wall of the cabinet.

In a drawer – Clear out space in a drawer in your bathroom vanity. Use drawer organizers, or small plastic containers to define storage areas. For example, one area will store nail polish, another nail tools, another cotton swabs and pads. Another idea would be to lay a spice rack horizontally in the drawer to store nail polish containers.

How about you? How do you keep your nail supplies organized? Will you try any of the tips above? Join in the conversation and leave a comment below!

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