Monday, February 4, 2013

Help for Pin Hoarders (Don't Just Pin; DO!)

As many of you know, I am a big fan of Pinterest!  (Don't know what I'm talking about?  See this post.)

I am also a list-maker and a planner.  Most often than not, real life gets in the way, and I am not able to get everything done that I would like to.  But I digress....

As of today, I have 117 Pinterest boards with 6,482 pins.  Crazy, right?  I would LOVE to be able to do at least some of the pins and not become such a "pin hoarder."

A while back, I developed a plan for helping me to not only go through my boards on a systematic basis, but also to plan when I want to projects or try out new recipes.

Below is a typed list of my Pinterest boards.  I have combined certain groups of boards and called them by one category (Photography Boards, for example, which include the boards Photos, Awesome; Photography Challenges, Photography - Tips & Tutorials, plus a few more).
My current list of Pinterest Boards
I can see where a couple of boards need to be combined and at least one board needs to be further subdivided and reorganized (which would be a project for some night when I have insomnia).

My plan is to look at most of the boards on a regular basis.  Some, I will look at weekly; some, I will look at monthly, quarterly, or semiannually.  For the remainder, I will look at on an "as needed" basis (for example, Baby Shower Ideas).

My Plan for Reviewing My Pinterest Boards
As I look at each board at the assigned time, I check for duplicates that can be deleted.  I will also delete pins that I am no longer interested in or that were not what I thought they were.  I will then look for pins that I want to look at right away.  As I find pins that I want to do in the future, I will edit the pin and put them in either my Do Soon board or one of my Do in - <Month> boards.

My "Do" Boards for When I Plan when to do certain projects.

I do not always get to review my boards when I plan to (again, real life gets in the way); nor do I get to always do the pins that I plan to do.  In fact, since Thanksgiving, I have only been on the main Pinterest page less than five times!!  I am somewhat comforted that I at least have a plan for dealing with all my pins!
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  1. great post Ava... I consider myself a pin hoarder but, I do "DO" too just not as much as I would like to.

  2. Thanks, Kristy! I agree, it's hard to find the time to do all I want to do!

  3. We must be a family of pinners. I am actually teaching a Pinterest workshop next week for my fellow teachers who are Pinterest newbies. I love Pinterest and find a lot of neat ideas for my classroom.

  4. Hi! I am on a sick leave right now (burnout!), and I discovered Pinterest ini the last year. I pinned a lot but it changed my life! one of the main reason I did a burnout is because I have ADHD, which means, my house is a mess! My room, my kitchen, etc. I am always searching for my keys, this paper and that thing, etc. I found sooooo many great ideas on Pinterest to help me with my mess. So far, in about 3 months, I replicated about 20-25 ideas I found on Pinterest. Soon, I will do a board with all the things I replicated! Pinterest is almost as good as a psychologist! lol!

  5. Hi, Anonymous! I'm glad you were able to get so much help from Pinterest! It is certainly a fantastic resource for ideas!

  6. Carmen, I thought I replied to you, but I can't find it. That's awesome that you're doing a Pinterest workshop. Be sure to let me know how that goes for you.

    Sometimes I will find pins that I think you would like and I tag you. The ones I can use myself, I will put in one of my regular boards, but if I can't use it, I'll put them in my Thinking of @You board. Here is the link:



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