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How I organize my polish collection

Posted by Amy from imfeelingnail-venturous
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July 10,  2011

I don't know about anyone else, but I love to be organized. The past month I have been researching ways to organize and store polish. Currently, my collection is relatively small compared to the majority of you (I only have 185 polishes). I know that as time passes, my collection will grow. So the main objective was to develop a storage option that I can grow into.  The past couple of days I have been organizing my polish collection, and I thought I would share my solution. I wanted a "system" that allowed me to see all of my polish options as well as a way to quickly locate the polish I wanted for a specific design. How do you organize your collection? I would love to hear your solution. 

This post is mainly for the other nail bloggers, so for the none polish obsessed people, don't judge me and my obsession.... hahaha.... =)

Sorry some of the photos are bad quality. It is hard to take pictures of things like this. Too many things for the camera to focus on, which results in bad quality photos.

I bought these plastic stackable storage containers from my local dollar store (Family Dollar), but you can buy these anywhere. I paid $20 for two of the larger drawers and one of the small drawers. That's a total of $40 for my current unit. As my collection grows, I can purchase more drawers. 


On the top of my storage unit, I have a container that resembles a hat box. I purchased this from Hobby Lobby (a craft store) for $10. 


Inside the box, I store items such as polish remove, nail art wheels, nail polish remover clothes, q-tips, etc. 


If you noticed in the first picture, I have labels on the outside of the drawers. Since my polish collection is small right now, I have multiple colors in the same drawer. As my collection grows, I can change the labels and resort the polish into other drawers. The labels make it easy for me to locate certain colors quickly.



Inside each drawer I have bins to separate the colors (a set of 3 bins was $1). 


In the smaller drawers at the top of the unit, I store items such as nail art pens, nail stickers, stamping plates, etc. 



Each polish I own, I swatch on a color wheel. This way I know EVERY color option I have.


So here is my system that allows me to find a color quickly. I swatch the color on the associated color wheel. Each "color group" has its own number system. For example, All blues start with number 1 and keeps going forever. All greens start with the number 1 and so forth. Then I have labels on each polish that is associated with the number on the wheel. 





And last, I hate it when I find a polish that I like, but can't remember if I own it or not. This will be really significant as my polish collection grows. So I track each polish I own in an excel spreadsheet. I can check the sheet before I purchase a polish to make sure I do not own it. 


This system was time consuming to implement at first. But now that it is set up, it will be easy to add to it as I purchase new polishes. I love having the color wheel because it helps me pick out colors quickly.

21 comments:

thenailaholic on July 10, 2011 at 12:21 PM said...

I've been needing to buy color wheels so I can do this. I LOVE how you label your polishes! I've been seeing some very creative labeling this week. It almost inspires me to go through my mess of a collection! lol Thanks for sharing!

Definitely Addicted on July 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM said...

That's so pretty! I love looking at stash/organization pictures :D

Olivia C. on July 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM said...

I really love your system! I've been meaning to make some sort of spreadsheet because I think that will really help me organize my polishes. Right now, they're so unorganized- it's scary! ha!

Eat.Sleep.Polish. on July 10, 2011 at 12:59 PM said...

Your system is great! I need to find some blank color wheels!

Paulina on July 10, 2011 at 1:15 PM said...

wow! you are very organized :)

Polish Vixen Marisa on July 10, 2011 at 2:16 PM said...

I really like the way you've done your organizing. I too need to be organized! It drives me crazy if things are out of place lol. I do everything you do except I don't number my color wheels and I use polish displays instead of the drawers... although I think I'm about to number all my polishes that's such a great idea!!! Love it!

XOXO

NailsByCourteney on July 10, 2011 at 2:19 PM said...

thanks for sharing!!

Melissa on July 10, 2011 at 5:59 PM said...

I just recently started a spreadsheet with all my polishes as well. And I was going to purchase swatch wheels this weekend. I think I may steal your labeling ideas though, great organizing tool!

Audrey L on July 10, 2011 at 7:23 PM said...

That is some fabulous organising! Love it and am totally inspired by it!!

imfeelingnail-venturous on July 10, 2011 at 8:11 PM said...

Thanks everyone!!!!!! I am glad it helped!

♥ Claire ♥ on July 10, 2011 at 10:38 PM said...

Wow you are super organised!! *takes notes*

Lynn Means said...

Very nice! I'm about to do something similar to your color wheel with my paints...when I can squeeze some time in. ;)

Iza on July 11, 2011 at 8:09 AM said...

This is a great idea of organizing everything. I like the labeling idea, it saves so much time! :)

KarenD on July 11, 2011 at 9:05 AM said...

Great post! I keep my spreadsheet on Google Docs so I can check it from my phone when I'm out shopping; it's saved me from buying an accidental backup more than once.

Polish AMOR on July 11, 2011 at 10:08 AM said...

WOW great organization skills... I wish I could have time to do something like this, I just keep throwing my stuff in one container...

Mar on July 12, 2011 at 2:05 AM said...

I love this light blue OPI color! I think placing on those glitters is genius. I can never do anything close to this! -Mar
http://notyourordinarybeautyqueen.blogspot.com/

ReecesPeeces on July 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM said...

I think this looks pretty wicked actually! Totally different and a breath of fresh air ;o)

Bel said...

Holy Crap Aim! You are so organized I love it! You are really getting into this! :D I love it and am so jealous!

Olivia on July 13, 2011 at 9:47 AM said...

This is heaven! Love it! Great selection of colours!

Jasmin on July 17, 2011 at 12:00 AM said...

I love your organization! I was going to do something similar to this with my small collection when I move next month. It's giving me a few good ideas ^-^

Megan at No Nekkid Nails on April 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM said...

This is so similar to how I organize my polishes! Everyone seems to organize by brand... but I organize by color :) I still need to do a spreadsheet though! Love it!

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