I was on the computer today at my parent’s house and I pulled up Pinterest like I do when I am looking for inspiration, recipes, etc. Today I was just wasting time while the baby was napping and before we were going out, but we all started talking about what Pinterest is and how we use it — the 4 of us all had different opinions of how to use it and what we would use it for.
When I first joined Pinterest I wanted to find and pin the coolest pins (to of course, be re-pinned) and find beautiful things to have the prettiest online pin boards, similar to how I wanted to have a perfectly beautiful bulletin board in my room when I was in high school. However, I quickly realized that Pinterest was more than just creating pretty virtual boards.
In the last few months I have used Pinterest to keep track of recipes, lust-worthy items like this (swoon!), inspiration for design ideas, etc. I love that I can share boards and create private boards. I love that I can re-pin from cool things that other people find or that I can track my own cool finds.
The ability to create private boards is really clever too.
When I was pregnant I created a private baby board and was able to pin things I really wanted for the baby or decor ideas for the baby’s room before I was ready to tell the world that I was pregnant but was thinking about it 24×7 (and therefore pinning all of the things that I thought I “needed”) – it ended up being a comprehensive way to track what would eventually end up on my registry.
Last month my husband and I shared a board to redo out master bedroom. He pinned things that he came across and liked and I pinned things that I liked. It actually saved us a lot of time because we were able to get on the same page about what we wanted / needed pretty quickly.
I have definitely noticed that the more I pin the more specific my boards need to be. I have some generic boards like “fashion” and “Dream Home” where I pin a ton of things and rarely go back and look at them (but they are REAL pretty).
The boards that I use the most are very specific, like the way I track recipes by “soup“, “breads and muffins“, and “salads“. The more specific they are the easier it is to go back and find something. For recipes, for example, I like that I can say, “I feel like making soup”, and then go directly to that board to find it.
I re-pinned this great quote today…
Inspiration comes in all forms and is always nice to find. 🙂
I’m curious how you use Pinterest. What tips and tricks do you have? What cool things have you found lately?