Swatch sticks

November 19, 2014

swatch sticks

Hello! Happy hump day. Can you believe it's only a week and a day until Thanksgiving?! Where did the year go? Today I'm going to show you all how I keep up with my growing collection..swatch sticks!
When I started this colorful journey early this year, I never imagined I would have amassed this collection in such a short amount of time. The lovely part is, I hardly EVER pay full price for anything, I always wait for deals or for things to go on sale at Sally's. Plus..all those Sally's coupons!

I'm a super organized person, so it's been a trial and error with what works best for me. I have the app Nail Polish Rack on Android that helps me keep up with the number of polishes I have, and when I'm out, I use it to make sure I don't buy duplicates! But, I wanted something physical that I can show someone if they ask to pick a polish to use from my collection. I started out swatching a dab of color in a notebook.
Cute huh? Well it got annoying, fast. I had to wait until the polishes on each page would dry before I could turn the page, and 9 times out of 10, no matter how long I waited, the pages would still stick together. So I decided before my collection gets too big, I needed to start using swatch sticks!

If you would like to organize your collection like this then you will need:
Swatch sticks. They can be found HERE. Every one I found on Amazon/EBay shipped from Hong Kong, which takes a month. The ones I linked ship from the USA. Be sure to get transparent ones! They are $4.36 for 50.

Permanent marker. I started off using a Fine Point Sharpie. I found that an ultra fine point sharpie works better. Make absolutely sure it's permanent, or it will smear.

Binder rings. They can be found HERE. I purchased the 2 inch ones, I wish I had gotten the 3 inch ones! Search amazon or eBay for what you think is right for you, or look at Wal Mart, Staples, etc. The sticks you order come with a straight screw looking thing to put the sticks on, but it is not good for this purpose. That's why I suggest binder rings.

Here is my swatch stick collection!
Blues
blue swatch sticks
blue swatch sticks
Pinks
pink swatch sticks
pink swatch sticks
Purples
purple swatch sticks
purple swatch sticks
Greens
green swatch sticks
green swatch sticks
Oranges/Yellows
orange and yellow swatch sticks
orange and yellow swatch sticks
Reds
red swatch sticks
red swatch sticks
Golds/Grays/Blacks/Glitters/Misc
glitter swatch sticks
glitter swatch sticks
I hang all of these proudly on my wall on a mounted coat rack that I found at Lowes for $24.99. It has 6 hooks (2 hooks on each) and it works perfect for this! 
nail polish swatch sticks storage

How do you keep your nail polish collection organized?

2 comments:

  1. Man, I wish I had your organizational spirit. I just have bags by brand stored in boxes. It looks terrible. >.<

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  2. Hey whatever works for you! I love organizing things lol

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