The Nail Post

I’ve been thinking a lot about nails.  Not the kind that hang photos, but fingernails.

I have unanswered questions such as “What is the obsession with long nails?”  “Why are ladies decorating the ring finger nail differently than the other four digits?”  What’s the difference between acrylics and gel–or is it the same thing? Are sparkly, glitzy, decaled nails for fun?  A status thing? A fashion trend?

Nail polish

As a massage therapist, I keep my nails short.  Occasionally I will polish them at home by myself.  The perfection lasts less than 48 hours.  Today I saw the coolest pair of nails on the bus: three of the fingers were a dark gray, one was pink with a pattern, and the pinky finger was silver.  Sometimes I think it would be fun to sport nail art like that but not worth the hassle for me.

My next career is going to be the person who gets to dream up those funky names colors of nail polish.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?  I’m serious.  I could do that.

I’ve asked my students with perfectly manicured digits the cost of this luxury.  To get a manicure they are paying mega bucks.

***Besides painting nails, I’ve got another fantastic use for polish:  I discretely label clothing so I know whose is whose.  For example, on the waistband of my stockings I write a “K’.  One daughter gets a dot and my other daughter gets a diagonal line.  Clever, isn’t it?  My sorting woes are over with this method.

Besides going to the nail salon, ladies have their own collections of polish.  So now is when I can impart Klutter Koach Pearls of Wisdom:

  • Old, dried up, gunky nail polish should be thrown away
  • Colors you no longer like or wear can be, traded with friend, given to a women’s shelter, or thrown out
  • Put a limit on the amount of bottles of polish you own
  • You can upcycle: I know one person who decorates empty bottles as a craft projects and turns them into mini vases

So whether your nails are long or short, polished or plain, I hope you enjoyed this post.  If anyone wants to enlighten me on the acrylic-gel-ring finger-long nail questions, feel free to leave a comment.

Thanks for reading.

Karen, The Klutter Koach

February 4, 2016







Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

2 thoughts on “The Nail Post

  1. Omg, Karen, I have been trying to figure out a way to determine whose black tights are whose in our household. I love the nail polish idea!


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