Anyone who knows me is aware that I’m a bit OCD. And having a small, one bedroom apartment that I share with my boyfriend pretty much pushes my OCD tendencies over the edge because there’s not enough space for me to organize the way I want to.
Pinterest is my outlet for organization. I can create boards, sort them, tweak them, alphabetize them, whatever I want. And it allows me to keep a record of recipes, outfits, and ideas that I want to be able to reference at a later date. I love Pinterest. But I’m OCD about my OCD. So if I find that one thing is not uniform to the rest of the related items, I either overhaul the whole thing or come up with a new “system”. It’s exhausting. And ridiculous that I put that much energy into organizing a virtual closet/recipe book/collection of bookmarks. But if I’m going to invest the time into it, I want to do it right. So I wanted to share with you my top tips for organizing my Pinterest boards:
1. Install (and use) the “Pin It” button in your browser.
Did you ever use the Amazon Wish List tool? It’s the same concept as that. You just click on “Pin It” and then select an image on the page to display as the “thumbnail” for your Pin, and then you can select the board you wish to pin to, add a description, and voila! It’s added to your boards. And if you don’t already have an existing board for your new find, don’t fret – you can make a new board from this screen as well. Below is an example of the process via my iPhone (free advertising for Kate at The Small Things Blog! I adore her.):
PC or Mobile Install: Go to this page and follow the instructions. It’s super simple.
2. Pin from the right place.
Make sure you’re not on the homepage to the site you’re pinning from (unless that’s your intention, of course!). If you’re trying to pin a recipe you found, you’ll want to make sure you’re on the actual post for the recipe with the permalink and not the homepage – otherwise, when you go back to your pin later you’ll find that the post has moved to a different page and won’t be easily accessible anymore.
3. Download the Pinterest mobile app.
It is a fantastic way to pass time if you’re waiting for an appointment, sitting on the train, or just bored and don’t feel like grabbing your computer to Pin your heart out. I use it all the time for recipes – I’ll just bring up the app on my phone, find my pin for the delicious food I want to make and then reference the recipe on my phone as I cook.
4. Categorize your boards in a way that makes sense.
For me, it’s by topics. Recipes, clothes, travel destinations, humor, etc. I also have a “random” board for all the things I can’t find a place for. It’s basically the “junk drawer” of my internet world. Make sure to choose categories that make sense. For example, I have a board called “HA.” that falls under “Humor”.
5. Spring Clean, but not just in the spring.
Take some time to freshen up your boards – choose some new cover photos, delete any multiple pins, rearrange the order of your boards. This will keep your followers from getting bored with your boards (see what I did there?), and may also spark some new interest for you!
6. Write meaningful descriptions for your pins.
This is a “do as I say, not as I do” moment for me. I get lazy and write things like “Yum!” instead of “This is a great recipe for stuffed shells with ground turkey by @lesliehaasch”. Use keywords, and use “@username” to tag someone in your post.
This works great for people selling items, like Etsy sellers. Just add the price to your description, and magically a little banner will appear across the top left corner (see below).
8. Plan a trip!
Create a board for your vacation. You can Pin hotels, restaurants, tourist destinations, activities – the possibilities are endless. This way, you can organize your trip and have it all easily accessible on the go from your phone.
Or just gifts. Or whatever you want! Create a “Secret Board” to organize your thoughts and ideas for a special someone so that you can still keep everything in one place, and no one else can see it except for you. You could also use this to plan your wedding – no one would see the dresses you’re checking out, the cake ideas, or the venues. I have a TON of friends that did this and they wouldn’t stop raving about how great it was for them.
Ready… set… PIN!