My plans to get organised and start my simplify my life challenge has taken a bit longer than anticipated to get going. A combination of a back injury plus a very busy period with events, projects and all that other time consuming stuff.
So I’m starting off with an easy one. It may not be something you’ve considered but if you happen to have been on Pinterest for a while like I have, over time your boards get a little messy. You may find you’ve repined something multiple times (although this happens less often now… thank you Pinterest), or you’ve got 3 boards of the same sort of thing for example. It gets messy.
A disorganised Pinterest also means it takes you longer to find that Pin you desperately need right this second for that recipe you want to try or project you want to make. That’s time better spent doing the creating… not searching aimlessly.
So here is how to get your Pinterest in top shape:
1. Get rid of double up boards
This may mean editing each pin one by one to move them all into the same board, but it’s worth it in the long run. For example, do you really need a home design and a home organisation board, or is one simply called ‘home’ just as good? Probably.
2. Use simple board names
Simple names make everything… well, simple. They are also easier to search for by other pinners so it makes everyone’s life a little easier. One or two words can usually sum up most boards.
3. Put Boards in Order
I was getting frustrated by the fact that my boards were in the order of when I created them rather than alphabetically. Sounds a little OCD, but alphabetical is so much easier to find the board you want when you have a lot of boards. Organise yours to suit your preference.
4. Have a clean out
Every so often if time permits, go through and delete any pins you know are definitely not relevant to you or no longer needed. Sometimes we all get a little pin-happy so it’s nice to have a spring clean and purge those unwanted pins.
5. Use keywords
When you Pin a new item, use a few key words to describe it. Makes it easier for everyone in future, including you, when searching for a particular something.
6. Create Sub-Categories for Large Boards
You have 8000 recipes pinned and can never find the one you want. Time to split that board into sub-categories. Start each with the same heading, but add a sub heading, such as Recipes – Dessert, Recipes – Mains etc. That way you may only have 3000 pinned recipes on one board instead.
7. Remove Faulty Pins
You know the ones… you click the Pin and it takes you to nothing but the image, or a website that no longer exists. If it is a content based Pin, it’s pretty much useless to you so unless you’re really attached, ditch the duds and focus on finding proper content.
You can check out my Pinterest boards here.