After swapping my vanity and dresser for one low dresser with a mirror, I had more space in my tiny bedroom but lost the perch for my perfume cabinet. I hadn't been completely satisfied with the perfume cabinet, anyway. It was too deep, making it difficult to see — let alone reach — the bottles in the back. Plus, it was completely made of glass, so I kept a heavy cloth over it to keep out the light. Ugly and impractical. But what better options are out there?
So begins (again) the search for storage for my hundred-plus bottles of perfume. This time I want to do it right and find a cabinet I can use as long as I wear perfume. It's time to set criteria.
First, I want a cabinet with shallow shelves. When shelves are too deep, it's easy to forget about bottles stored toward the back. When you do remember them, you have to puzzle through a Rubik's cube of rearranging to get to them without knocking over other bottles. Also, I want a solid cabinet. No windows and no need to construct goofy curtains to keep out the light.
Finally — and this is the toughest requirement — the cabinet needs to squeeze into a narrow space between a closet and a window. That means the cabinet must be tall to hold all my perfume, and yet not tip over. I could bolt the cabinet to the wall, but I'd rather not if I can avoid it. I'm thinking a cabinet built like a tall, skinny pyramid might work best. That way it's stable, and I can put a box of decants on the widest, bottom shelf. Of course, that also means it has a larger footprint and steals more space from my train compartment-like bedroom.
On the bright side, after I unloaded my old cupboard onto the bed, I discovered lots of perfume I'd neglected. For instance, Balmain Jolie Madame. I love that fragrance! How could I forget its burst of green, then leathery violets? I wore it the next two days straight. And Niki de St Phalle! Just in time for spring. Plus, my bottle of Parfums de Nicolaï Sacrebleu had been hidden behind a wide Jean Desprez Bal à Versailles for months. That's what I'm wearing today. Unfortunately, the top layer of bottles from two jam-packed boxes are all I'll be able to wear until I get my perfume into its new cabinet. Whenever that may be.
What perfumes have you recently and joyously rediscovered? How do you store your perfume? Have you figured out some clever solution you can share?