Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Nothing Says Cool Like a Well Organized Nail Polish Collection

photo2-7That's right, I called it a collection.
A functional, useable, living and thriving collection.

What you may not know about me is I'm something of a nail polish enthusiast. It's one of my ways of chilling out. You've got to sit still and concentrate to do your nails. I find it to be a great time-out from a day, nice way to unwind.

Also really great to indulge a few of my personal quirks.
Namely: attention to detail, fixation on colour, and an unending quest to organize everything within the controllable realm of my life.

I can't take credit for this particular organizational system. It was, in the main, one of my friend's ideas. But here I present it to you, just in case you too are a detail-oriented, organizationally-focused, nail polish enthusiast.

Making your Nail Polish Collection Functional

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Define its space.
I went out and bought a bunch of small, clear plastic bins (with lids).
This: keeps the polish together, allows you to see what's in each box, and keeps them mostly dust-free. Especially when the only place you have to store your stash is under the bed.
With a guard lovebird.


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Categorize and label.
Picked up some dollar-store small white labels and a sharpie. The numbering system goes from 100 (red) all the way up to 800 (brown) and 900 (top/base coats, sheers, etc...)
Within each colour you can then number 100, 101, 102 and so on, grouping like-colours together.

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Create the book.
I love a good blank notebook. I counted out my polish and spaced out the tabs according to the collection size.
Each wee label has two dabs: one shows the "in the bottle" colour, and one is a swipe to show what one coat of the polish will give you.
The book also has space for notes, like "goes on very thin" or "crackle polish".

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Enjoy your categorizing!

3 comments:

Michelle said...

It's like the Dewey Decimal System for nailpolish! Someone should write a book about this.

Mel said...

You're basically amazing. Like the most organized awesometown ever! I love this idea and totally want to surprise my sister by doing hers for her (would be a wicked birthday surprise!)

CanarySanctuary said...

Thanks so much Mel, I blush! I think organizing your sister's polish stash would be an AWESOME birthday surprise.

And Michelle, I can only aspire to the greatness of a categorization system like Dewey. I thank you greatly for the comparison!