Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I'm So Pinteresting!

I'm so Pinteresting! No really. Only people as uber cool as me spend their Friday and Saturday evenings organizing their Pinterest boards. Yep, I am that cool. ;) It is a task (on a very long project to-do list) I have been wanting to tackle for weeks, but I finally got around to starting it a couple weekends ago. If you're a prolific pinner like myself, this post is for you! If you've never heard of or checked out Pinterest, what the heck are you waiting for?!? If you need an invite, I'll be happy to oblige, but beware, please warn your spouse/kids/boss/pets/etc that you'll be ignoring them for at least the next week. The site is a bit addictive (who am I kidding, it's very addictive) and you'll be floored at how many amazing recipes, decor ideas, cleaning products, etc that you will encounter. If you aren't a DIY-er, then it could be your personal hell, but if you're like me, you'll find yourself wanting to re-pin every other pin you see!! Seriously. Don't get frustrated if you aren't the type of person who can find 50 uses for old pallets, or 1,000 different ways to clean using vinegar, though. I'll admit there are some crazy pinners out there, but if you're like me, you'll find it is a useful place to organize yummy recipes, creative ideas and fun projects that you would like to try.

I didn't have very many boards before I started this overhaul...under 20. I had one for most of the recipes I found, but a separate one for desserts. Everything for the home was lumped onto one board. Stuff for the kids or holidays on another. With over 900 pins and counting now, it was getting hard to go back and find things easily. I needed a better system for organizing the boards and pins. So, I started with the board with the most pins, the food. I now break it down like this...

A Guide for Organizing your Pinterest boards
  • The Main Dish
    • Main Dish (this is for miscellaneous items that don't fit into the categories below)
    • Cookin' in the Crockpot
    • Pasta
    • Pizza
    • Salads
    • Sandwiches
    • Soup
  • The Side Dish
    • Breads, Doughs, etc
    • Condiments, Sauces, etc
    • Grains & Potatoes
    • Veggies
  • Sweet Treats
    • Brownies & Blondies
    • Cookies
    • Cakes, Cupcakes & Cake Pops
    • Dips, Dough & Frosting
    • Frozen Treats
    • Fruit
    • Miscellaneous Yummy Treats
    • Pies
  • Drink Up (all beverages, hot & cold)
  • Breakfast
    • Eggs & Meat
    • French Toast & Breads
    • Oatmeal & Granola
    • Pancakes, Muffins, Biscuits & Rolls
  • Recipes I've Tried (links to all of the original recipes I have tried that I found on Pinterest, including my comments about each)
  • Kitchen Tips (useful tips for things to do with the kitchen itself, or for cooking/baking)
Then I moved on to all other items, and came up with these additional boards:
  • Kids
    • Education
    • Food
    • Fun
  • Products I Love (various products/ideas that I want to try)
  • Home
    • Build It!
    • Clean It!
    • Decorate It!
    • Organize It!
    • Store It!
  • This is How I Do Me (hairstyles, clothing, makeup, all thing girly!)
  • Click! Take a Pic! (all things photography)
  • Stitch! Stitch! (all things sewing)
  • Kreations by Kristy (invites, announcements, etc that I have designed)
  • Design Inspiration (things I have found that inspire some of my designs)
  • Holidays (anything related to a particular holiday from food to activities to decorations)
    • Christmas
    • Easter
    • Father's Day
    • Halloween
    • Independence Day
    • St. Patrick's Day
    • Thanksgiving
    • Valentine's Day
  • Get My Workout On! (all things fitness)
  • Articles to Read (links to articles I want to check out or reference later)
  • Parties
    • Birthday (general ideas for any birthday party)
    • Decorations (general decoration ideas for parties)
    • Food Ideas (recipes and ideas for party food/drinks)
    • Specific party themes (I have created a board for each specific party I'm throwing, e.g. parties for the boys' birthdays - Cars, Very Hungry Caterpillar, etc)
  • Tennessee - Local Links (local events, classes, etc that I want to remember)
Whew! I now have 57 boards!

Gorgeous, isn't it?? ;) Yeah, as you can see, it took awhile to organize everything. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to move pins from board to board aside from editing each individual pin. With a mass number to go through, it was a slow process. So, if you are new (or fairly new) to Pinterest, I definitely recommend setting up a board system similar to this (be sure to add boards specific to you, too!) in the very beginning. It will save you a lot of time later when you have hundreds of pins and can't find that one you need!
Happy pinning! And be sure to Follow Me on Pinterest !! ;)


  1. AWESOME organization of the boards--and I can't think of a better use of a Fri./Sat. night ;)

    1. Thanks, Meredith! :) Yeah, I think having kids has a way of changing how one spends their weekends! ;)

  2. Laura Rigney DixonJune 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    I LOVE YOU!! Your article feels like I could have written it! Im an organizing freek- but often a procrastinating, paralized mess from A.D.D. When my meds are correct and Im "ON", look out!! Thanks for the tips, my boards are an embarrassing mess!! Im gonna get on it! ( I hope!)

  3. haha, Thank you! I find that it has been so much easier to find things I have pinned ages ago, by having my boards better organized now! :)


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