My solution? Swatch sticks.
Take a look:
|The model: Max Fantasy Fire (5 coats on its own)|
As I swatch the polishes, I took down the names of the polishes in the order I swatch them and the corresponding number of coats it took to reach opacity. While waiting for them to dry, I create labels for my swatch sticks.
Because I know my handwriting probably can't fit onto the sticks, I decided to type them out instead. I measured the sides of the sticks and created a table in Microsoft Word, specifying the width and height of the cells (in my case I used: 0.8cm x 6cm). Then I typed the brand name (in bold and caps); the name of the polish; and the number of coats applied in brackets. In case you are wondering, I used Helvetica, 8pt to make sure the words fit comfortably in the table cells. You can see how it looks in the picture below. After printing the table, I proceeded to cut the labels one-by-one.
Of course, you can save a lot of trouble if you have those label-machines and other fancy gadgets but I didn't have those so I did everything the tedious way.
|Wearing OPI Steady As She Rose on the nails...|
After labeling, all you have to do is to arrange them however you like!
I organized them by color for ease of comparison and because they look so pretty like that:
|The pinks and reds...|
|The beiges, browns, orange, yellow and greens|
|The blues and purples...|
|The whites, greys and blacks...|
|The duochromes and toppers|
- Everything is organized neatly
- It is easy to compare colors
- You can rearrange them however and whenever you like
- You can admire the colors in your stash all at once without needing 200++ fingernails
- It is easier to find undies for toppers too
The only drawback is that you will have to find a place to store these sticks but I can live with that. :P
Just in case you are wondering, I organize my polish bottles by brand and name (alphabetical order) because bottles from the same brand fit better together. I will pick the color from the sticks and look for it in the drawers with the brand and name.
How do you organize your stash? :$