For some people, Pinterest has made them psycho with being on the computer for 6 hours just pinning their fantasy world and events that won’t happen in the near future such as creating boards for their baby shower when they’re not planning to have kids within 2 years or single ladies who are planning their wedding or having a bunch of recipes when they don’t know to cook an egg.
I’ve been on Pinterest since 2011 (?) and I was pretty addicted to pinning everyday and pinning things all pretty. Three years later, I have 20 boards and 2,250 pins. I didn’t think I had that many pins. It made rethink how to make the most use of my Pinterest board — make boards that are practical and also learn how to manage some of my pins (get rid of pins I want and don’t want).
Here are the ways Pinterest has made me better at:
1. Planning a wedding –
First of all, you need to actually be engaged to create a Wedding Planning board*. When I first got engaged I pinned everything that caught my eye — I pinned weddings of different color schemes, centerpieces, dresses, escort cards, paper flowers, pom poms, etc. When I narrowed down which color scheme I liked, which DIY projects I wanted to pursue, which flowers I liked — I kept these ideas all in my head. When I showed my Pinterest board to my wedding coordinator, it was a mess. I may have told her what colors I liked but it was really confusing when she saw it because I pinned so many themes and so many different schemes — it wasn’t cohesive. I had to to go through board and showed her a couple of pins I liked and promised I would clean up my Pinterest board which I did.
Tip on creating a wedding planning Pinterest board:
- Manage it regularly. When you decided you like your wedding colors to be green and blue, delete all the other pins that don’t fit your color scheme like grey-and-yellow weddings or black-and-white weddings.
- When you find out the thing you wanted is out of reach because it’s too far/impractical/expensive — delete it! If you can’t afford having a horse-drawn carriage on your wedding, delete it! I originally wanted our wedding in Topanga Canyon because I loved the idea of being on the mountains and having the beach in the background. Unfortunately, I learned there was hardly any reception in Topanga so I had to let that idea go.
*There are a couple of exceptions though:
- you can be someone who is helping out plan their wedding and suggesting ideas to the bride. I had my unmarried bridesmaids collaborate on my board.
- if you’re a wedding planning/event designer or someone in the wedding or event industry — those people need to constantly be inspired they listen to clients all the time and it’s a great a marketing tool for those people in the event industry.
2. Made me a better DIY-er
FYI, I DIY’d a few things for the wedding and I learned it takes a lot of time. I’ll eventually reveal some of my DIY wedding decorations and event the seemingly most simple things took a lot of time. If you never DIY before, it’s better to start practicing before you dive into a Pinterest project.
I always knew how to make paper flowers but on Pinterest, they take paper flowers to the next level. I am also learning how to make flowers out of fabric.
3. Made me better professionally
I am a Levo League fan — they’ve got great pins! I think this is probably my post valuable board — I’ve collected pins on how to become a better writer, how to work with people, and just be a better worker overall.
4. Made me dress better
I have the most fun with my fashion boards because I have Stitch Fix. Instead of me going to the mall hunting of the items I wished for on my Pinterest board, I’ve got a personal stylist doing all the hunting for me. I love shopping…when I have the time. Before Stitch Fix, my “Dream Wardrobe” board was a mess and everything was all over the place. With Stitch Fix, I’ve been much more organized showing my stylist what items I’ve been dreaming about and they deliver. However, there were times I liked an item on Pinterest just to find out that the item I lusted for didn’t work out on me and I delete that pin. I do manage my fashion board the most, since it is one of the more watched boards.
Here you go, ways Pinterest has made things in my life easier. Just remember to organize it once in a while.
In what ways has Pinterest helped you?