July 29, 2013
Managing Pin Overwhelm
Raise your hand if you spend oh, at least an hour on Pinterest a day. Be honest now. If you're a Pinterest addict like me, you've probably pinned A LOT of stuff. More or less depending on how long you've been on Pinterest, how you utilize it, and how frequently you use it, but still. There are so many beautiful images and helpful articles and blog posts out there! Pinterest is great because it's visual bookmarking, which means you get to scroll through all of these inspiring photos, making it more likely that you'll want to stop and click on something than if it's simply saved to your Pocket or regular bookmarking system, but that also makes the scrolling a bit of a process and it can take a long time to get through all of your pins on just one of your boards. I'm slower than I'd like to be at getting around to trying new things anyway, and if I can't find what I'm looking for quickly and easily, I give up pretty quickly. After a bit of trial and error, I've come up with a pretty good system for managing my pins. Follow these tips to make your boards easier to scroll through and your pins easier to find so you have more time to actually put those pins to work rather than just collecting them.
1. Make board names specific
Some people have boards named things like "inside" and I just don't know how anyone can go back and find anything on one of those boards. For areas of particular interest, you want to get as specific as possible. For example, if you're big into cooking you'd want to break your recipe boards into entrees, desserts, appetizers, etc. or poultry, grains, soups, etc. (think of how cookbooks are organized), or if you're really into home organization/decor you'd want to break it up by rooms in your house. Subjects in which you don't plan to pin a lot can be kept pretty general (you can also make these more specific and break up into multiple boards if you gather more interest later).
2. When things aren't working, re-organize
This can be a total pain, depending on how many pins you have. I've done it a couple of times and it's not my favorite, but it's mindless enough that you can do it while watching TV. For example, a couple of months ago I realized that it was impossible to find anything on my fashion board so I broke it up into clothes for cold seasons, clothes for warm seasons, dress up clothes, and work clothes. Scroll through your pins, see what trends are happening, and think about what would work best for you personally and would makes things easiest for you to find. There is no right way of doing things. Also remember that you can pin something to multiple boards, so if there is something that fits into more than one category, put it everywhere it fits so you don't have to guess later!
3. Create a board for tried pins
There are different ways you can choose to do this. Personally, I have a "tried and tested" board where I repin all of the pins I've tried and put a little comment about whether or not I liked it and why and what I'd do differently next time (if anything) or whether I wouldn't do it again/recommend it. You could break up your tried and tested board into good pins and bad pins as well. You also want to consider whether you want to repin, which duplicates the pin and puts it on the new board as well as leaving it on the old board, of if you want to edit and change the board, which will remove it from its previous board and keep it only on the tried and tested board. This might be a good option for negative pins, so you don't accidentally try them again.
Every once in a while you need to go through your boards (you can do this systematically over a period of time or all in one go) and get rid of any pins that are no longer useful/relevant/inspiring to you. When I first got on Pinterest I would sometimes pin stuff just because I saw it everywhere and felt some kind of weird peer pressure to pin it; I also sometimes repin things I see that look interesting without clicking on the link, so sometimes when I do go back and look at the original source (especially for how-to's, recipes, or helpful articles) and don't find the content useful (or the link simply doesn't work), I delete them. Deleting unwanted stuff makes it easier to look through the things you are still interested in.
5. Create boards for pins to be used for certain projects or during certain periods of time
Each summer I have a set of goals for myself, so I create a summer board and repin pins from other boards that I specifically want to try during that period of time. This can be everything from recipes to try to clothing items to buy to tasks to complete. As I complete each one, I put a comment on the pin (you could also simply delete them). This lets me have a visual checklist (with sources) and see how many things have been checked off. You could also create boards for particular projects you're working on with only pins that are directly relevant to that project. For example, you might be revamping a particular room in your house. You may already have an inspiration board for that room, but may want to create a board with only pins that you're actually going to use in the revamping of that room. When you're done with the project, you can delete the entire board if you no longer need it.
6. Make pins searchable
I'm kicking myself for not putting better descriptions on my pins now that Pinterest has finally made it to where you can search your own pins. Keep in mind key words that you'll want to use to find them later. For recipes things like pasta, pork, chicken, and quick might be helpful. For outfits, name particular elements of the outfit such as tights, boyfriend jeans, riding boots, or occasions for which you might be interested in wearing them such as school, work, everyday, parties, etc. Sometimes you simply want to browse through your boards for inspiration, but other times you know exactly what you're looking for and you just want to be able to find is as quickly as possible.
I hope this has given you some helpful ideas for whipping your Pinterest boards into shape. Feel free to browse my Pinterest for organizing ideas. What tips and tricks do you use to keep your pins in line?
Yours Truly, Jen