Just to satisfy my own curiosity, I did a little nail polish experiment last year.
It was very interesting so I’d like to share the results with you today.
I tracked each time I changed my nail polish colour.
I already have a spreadsheet for all my photos so I just added another sheet for the nail polish. Number, brand, name, date and days across the top. I put a formula in the days column to calculate how long I left a specific colour on. No, it didn’t take long at all. Probably 5 seconds each time I changed my nail polish and two minutes to set up.
This was all in the name of Konmari.
In the book, she often does this thing to show people their hoarding tendencies. Like if you had 300 ziploc bags and you said you need them all because you use one every week to take your Friday doughnut to the office, even if you took one every single week, it would take you nearly 6 years to use up that stash, which is kind-of crazy.
So me with the nail polish.
I put on nail polish 85 different times, once every 4.29 days.
That sounds about right because most time I feel like a change every 4 – 5 days.
I used 16 brands and my top 3 were Essence (40 times), Rimmel (12 times) and Yardley (6 times).
I used 48 colours, only 24 colours were used two or more times, and my top 3 colours were You and me (Essence), Serendipity (Essence) and Mint Tropics (Sinful). I feel like the navy blues need a special mention because I have two colours, very close in colour, both used 3 times (Yardley’s Urban navy and Anchor blue). Technically they take second place together.
These were the ones that made the cut. And already, I’ve decluttered 3.
So how has this information been useful to me?
- First of all, I know which brands I like so if I’m ever torn between two colours and one of them is Essence, I’d go with Essence.
- I probably only need about 20 bottles, knowing that I will buy a few throughout the year, but also that I toss out some and have my seasonal favourites. There’s also a bright red I wear only twice a year, both times for my Spanish exams.
- If I don’t love a colour, I should probably just get rid of it, because it’s going to happen anyway next time I take stock 🙂 #sparkjoy