Above: This is basically an overview of how I store my polishes, and sadly, that's not all of them. But there really isn't any more room, so I'm open to suggestions. My untried's are on the smaller shelf to the right, boxed sets are on the top shelf, and treatments and nail art (Konad, decals) are in the boxes on the top shelf.
Above: I reorganize them every 3 months, because they're in order by brand, and then loosely in order by color within the brand. After I use a polish, I put it in with the others of that brand, but not necessarily in color order, which is why I need to sort them out after several months.
Below: You can see how far behind I am on swatching, because that's the Wizard of Ooh Ahz set on the top, which I've had since they first came out.
So what to do? At the risk of my photos ending up on some hoarder's support board, I thought I'd show you my updated stash and ask for your opinions on a better storage solution. This system works pretty well, but I've outgrown it. There's never been an official count done, but I'm sure it's well over 1,000 when I figure in what's not pictured. I added 2 more shelves over the weekend, because The China Glaze and OPI shelves were full, and I still have quite a few that I haven't used (that's an understatement!). So I left some space for more of those brands and several other brands on the top shelf that I know I have a lot more of. I have to believe that a Helmer type of system would be the best option, even though I wouldn't be able to 'see' the polishes. Can Helmer's be stacked without risking an avalanche of polishes? What do you think? A Helmer--or half a dozen Helmer's maybe? A support group? Give it up altogether, which after reorganizing this last time, I have to admit the thought crossed my mind more than once.