What do I do with all those swatches? Oh, bad kitty, sitting on all my swatches.
There are good swatches and bad swatches, big swatches and little swatches. Generally, I attach the swatch when I make a proposal for a project. If the buyer wants the project, I don't get the swatch back. That means that I have either make a second swatch to keep, or I have to have a GREAT photo or instructions of it so I can make it again. Swatches that I don't submit, generally those are approximations toward getting the swatch right. I might unravel those to get an educated guess on how much yarn the motif will need. Ugly swatches either get thrown out or get thrown out. If I'm still thinking there is potential, I'll keep swatches in a basket to see if it inspires me later. Swatches for items that become projects, if I happen to have it, I'll put in the file with the contract/instructions/invoice and stuff. Sometimes if I've grown attached to it, I tack it to my cork-board over my desk. I can always use them as coasters, right? Under cool glasses of water in the summer? Put them under the legs of the dining table to protect the wood floor?