Seriously, guys… This is something I never thought I would say. I think 6 months ago I actually re-tweeted something from @shitnoonesays that said “I’ve got to organize my pinterest boards”.
But, it has happened.
I was looking for something I KNOW I pinned. Flying between boards, scrolling down, scrolling up, etc. I looked at EVERY single pin I had and could not find it. That’s when I really started looking at what I had pinned. I had a board just called “ME” that had everything from clothes, to recipes, to home decor. These things should be on their own boards!!!
And much like the rest of my life, I realized how unorganized everything was. As my dad would say when we were children in regards to our toys, nothing had a “final resting place”.
So, I set out on a mission to organize my pinterest. I knew it would take a while to go through each pin and decide where it needed to go… And whenever I have a massive undertaking, I start on an airplane. Uninterrupted time where there isn’t really anything better to be doing. I had a 2-1/2 hour flight from Denver to Detroit and I didn’t even come CLOSE to finishing. Thankfully, I also had a 3-1/2 hour layover (probably had better things to be doing… but I’m not one to abandon something mid-project)
SUPER nerd moment: I created an excel spreadsheet with two columns: NAME and WHAT SHOULD BE PINNED HERE. I wrote down all the names of my current boards, what boards I knew I was going to have to create or possibly delete, and what kind of pins I wanted to be in there. This spreadsheet was actually AWESOME to refer back to, when trying to remember what my boards were when deciding if I should leave something in it’s currently location or move it somewhere else. (Since taking that screen shot, I added a breakfast board and a drink board). This is by no means a necessary step. I just had a lot of time to kill and I really like Excel…… (nerd).
So, If you’re undertaking a task as seemingly insurmountable as organizing pinterest… Follow these tips to potentially make things easier. NOTE: I am not a professional organizer by ANY means… You should see my apartment, the trunk of my car, my purse….. you get the picture.
Tip #1: Change your cover photos. Even if you don’t have to overhaul your boards like I did… You can still rearrange your boards and change/adjust the cover photo for each board. A lot of times, the cover photo is just the first thing you pinned, and it might not be the best cover.
Tip #2: Split up your food board. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone into that board, looking for something to cook for dinner and end up eating chex mix because I couldn’t find something. This way, I can go right into my “dinner party” board and find a main dish to make. This would totally eliminate my “NOM NOM NOM” board (clever name, right?). The only thing I did not break out is the gluten free board. Because I wanted to keep everything that is gluten free together. (and not end up with 40,000 boards. It may be a phase 2 organization project).
Tip #3: Edit pins; Don’t re-pin. I got about halfway through my massive food board before I realized that I was simply re-pinning the pins to new boards, instead of moving the actual pin. Consequently, I now had the same recipes pinned on two separate boards. STRESS!!! It’s definitely easier to just re-pin it. But that’s not what I wanted. I had to go back and delete the pins from the original board. Learn from my mistakes and just move them from the beginning. (P.S. This is the pin I was moving when I realized the mistake I was making… I’ve made this marinade and it’s FANTASTIC!)
Tip #4: Periodically refresh your screen. When you move a pin from one board to another, it still stays on the screen. If you refresh, it will go away. I think I moved my crockpot applesauce pin several times while thinking “Didn’t I already move this??” because I didn’t know that it had already gone off to another board.
Tip #5: Have a ‘minutia’ board. Have a board for pins that don’t belong on other boards. Previously, this was called “Things I love” … How generic. This board had the same problem my “ME” board had. These pins will probably never fit in anywhere else (sad)… Things that aren’t necessarily funny, food, or fashion now have a final resting place on my minutia board. Example pins: 20 books to read in your 20’s, The Starbucks Secret Menu, how to give your dog CPR, a picture of Tim Tebow, etc.
Tip #6: Use your phone or tablet. It was a lot easier to move pins around from the pinterest iPhone/iPad app as opposed to my computer. I’m not really sure why, since the same number of steps are involved. But I was able to move pins faster. Also, the pins disappear off the board as soon as you move them. No need to refresh.
This was not a light undertaking. It seems silly, but it actually took me a couple of hours to get all the way finished. If your boards are a mess or you don’t have a lot of time to dedicate (like I did), take it one by one. Much more manageable that way.
Do you have any tips for keeping your boards organized? If so, post them in the comments below!