Friday, June 13, 2014

Make Pinterest Work FOR You And Not AGAINST You!

I don't know how long it took me to finally start pronouncing Pinterest the way that it was intended to be said. "Pin-interest," I would incorrectly say over and overMy husband (of all people!) corrected me often. 

I eventually got it down.

Currently, I regularly schedule out An Inviting Home projects to Pinterest using ViralTag (something that I started using before they significantly raised their price.) However, you might be surprised that I don't spend a whole lot of time on Pinterest. That is mainly because of time restrictions, but also because of a few things I have learned.

Truth be told, I am actually a huge fan of Pinterest.  Most of the time I hear people refer to Pinterest negatively because of all of the "picture perfect" projects out there. There sure are a lot of them...and I look at that as a good thing! What a rich resource where peoples' gifts and talents are being used and evident to (for the most part) benefit and help others. The key is reminding yourself that no ONE person is creating all of that content! We all need to know our limits. For instance, you will hardly EVER see a recipe posted to Pinterest by An Inviting Home...because that wouldn't be helpful to anyone! 

When I do take a few moments to use the awesome resource of Pinterest, I make it work for me and not against me. I created this phrase to help me keep things in perspective. 

using pinterest for you and not against you

1) Limit The Time You Spend On Pinterest: Do you ever notice that if you spend too much time walking the aisles of Target you begin to become discontent with what you already have? Yep, me too! The same thing can happen by spending loads of time on Pinterest. I absolutely LOVE all of the inspiration shared on there, but I also know that spending too much time browsing will give me at least a few reasons to suddenly re-think that project that I enthusiastically completed just a few short months ago. 

pinterest inspiration

2) Pin For Fun To Discover What You Really Enjoy: I'll never forget a few years ago when my brother pointed out to me that all of my Facebook statuses were usually about my family, decorating or organizing. I didn't notice the theme at the time but it was like a light bulb went off in my head as he mentioned the things that I'm passionate about. You see, all of your previous pinning may just work in your favor! And if you are just getting started, pin things that really inspire you and then take a look at what you frequently might just help you discover the things that you are most passionate about...maybe it is fashion, interior design, healthy living, gourmet cooking, or living the simple life. Knowing what you like and enjoy is half the battle to discovering your passions.

coffee bar on pinterest

3) Use Pinterest To Research New Ideas or Solve Pesky Problems: As I mentioned, I don't spend a lot of time browsing Pinterest (see reason #1) however when I begin thinking up a new idea I almost always head to Pinterest to do some research. In the search window I might type in a paint color that I am considering and instantly more rooms appear with the same color. Sometimes I have a problem and need to find a solution (like how to store the kids' toothbrushes) or in one case I knew I wanted to implement a design in our house and ended up melting together different inspirations that I found on Pinterest while researching the topic. For instance, this happened when I created our plank wall and I found two examples that I really liked. Whenever this happens on the blog I make sure to reference the source(s) that first inspired me. 

plank wall on pinterest

4) Have Realistic Expectations On How Many Things You Can Actually Re-create: There is only so much time in the day and life is passing us all by at the same speed. Are you going to recreate, try, and taste all of those things that you have pinned? I certainly hope not! Instead determine how many might be realistic for you to do...just a few maybe? Next week I'm going to share with you exactly how many projects are on my to-do list for the year and my answer just might surprise you.

Well, those are some of the tips that have helped me gain a new perspective when I am browsing Pinterest. Now instead of being overwhelmed, feeling insignificant or insecure when using the site, remember that balance is key and to simply...

Pin a Few, Do a Few, Inspire a Few

What tips have you found helpful when using Pinterest? Feel free to leave them in the comment section below!

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  1. Awesome tips!! I love's just so much fun to always have so much inspiration right in front of me!!

  2. Great tips! I guess I'm doing ok cuz I follow most of your advice already. Thanks!

  3. I came to exactly the same conclusion. When I first discovered Pinterest I spent way too many hours on there just ogling all the pretty pictures. Now I frequently go back to pins for recipes or to put together an idea of what style I want a room to head in. I use it mainly for research though, as you do. For instance, I have an ugly mantle in my family room (rental - can't do anything about it) so I research ways to make it look as good as possible. It is a great resource so long as you can stop yourself from getting sucked down the rabbit hole! :)

    1. Catherine,

      A rabbit hole indeed. :-)



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