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Organize Your Digital Life: Pinterest!

Organize your digital life: Pinterest Edition! Great tips to keep your pins clean & organized!

I love Pinterest…I think just about everyone who reads this blog does. I still remember my first months there, pinning everything that was even mildly amusing. Must pin all the things!

But that eventually led to some small problems. 1) I had WAY too many pins. 2) A lot of those pins were poorly organized and the links weren’t working anymore. 3) There are a lot of pins that were great for my life years ago, that just don’t work for me now.

This is probably a problem for many of us. But what to do? Where do you start? How do you sort through thousands of pins?


Organize Your Digital Life: How to sort through your Pinterest Boards

The answer is one-by-one. Here’s what I did, board by board:

Step One: Scan through the board for things you aren’t interested in anymore. For me, I found lots of design and organizing ideas that I’m just not into anymore. I also found TONS of preschool activities. My youngest is 8 now, so those all had to go. I also found boards that I started for projects I wanted to do years ago. If I haven’t started scrapbooking again in the last 4 years, I don’t need to keep that board for the potential “someday”. And I found boards from projects gone by, including the dinosaur party I threw for my daughter 4 years ago. No need to hold on to that either. Lastly, recipes. I had about a thousand (not joking) recipes on various boards. Recipes are a dime a dozen. I can just search for what I want next time. Why clutter my boards with it all? So all those got deleted right off the bat.

Step Two: Go link by link, checking that links are valid. Probably at least half of my pins are images that are linked to sites I’ve never opened. I went through each one, clicking to see if it took me to an article that explained the image. There were quite a few that were from spammy fake sites. Those got deleted.

Bonus Tip: If you have an image that you really like, but the link goes to a suspicious site, you can edit the pin to delete the site that the image came from. Your pin will still be there, just without any link.

Step Three: Once I went through all the pins on a board, I organized and optimized! I made sure each board had a description that would help people to know what it was about: this is important because the descriptions help people to find your pins and follow you. I also set a category for each board and selected a “cover image”. For the cover image, I tried to keep with the same sort of look: bright white, pastels or bright colors. This will help my boards look more organized and cohesive when scrolling through. Finally, I made sure each board had a name that made it easy to keep organized. For holidays, instead of just naming the board Christmas or Easter, I call them Holiday: Christmas; Holiday: Easter, etc. Why is this important? Because when you add a new pin, your boards are listed alphabetically. If all your holiday boards are together, you can find the right one in a snap. If all your craft boards are together, you can find the right board quickly. I also used these titles to rearrange my boards visually, so they’re alphabetical. This is going to help myself and anybody visiting my profile to find pins their interested in.

Organize Your Digital Life: Cleaning up your Pinterest boards

Yes, this was time consuming, but it’s been such a great exercise! Pins are so much easier to find and I’m loving my boards. And, while deleting out entire boards made my list of followers shrink (sorry!), I kept getting notifications the entire time that I was getting new followers. I guess spending that time being active on Pinterest helped people to find me.

Here’s the results so far: I started with 3,979 pins on 120 boards. I’m most of the way through right now and am down to 2,264 pins on 75 boards. And I’m loving the quality of each board. Check out how pretty my profile is now!

Organize Your Digital Life: The most organized boards on Pinterest!


What do you do to keep your Pinterest profile manageable?

Thanks to the following blogs for letting me link this post:
Southern Beauty Guide, Sweet Haute, Life on Lakeshore Drive,
Sparkles of Sunshine, Lou Lou Girls,
Welcome to My Circus, Cozy Little House,
Dolen Diaries, Huckleberry Love,
Reasons To Skip the Housework,
The Life of Jennifer Dawn,
Lamberts Lately

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60 thoughts on “Organize Your Digital Life: Pinterest!

  1. Personally I don’t have Pinterest account as I’ve always been scared of that system, I’m just thinking that it may take a lot of time to figure everything out and organize, just like you said.

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  3. Diane says:

    Just getting started in Pinterest. Every little bit of knowledge helps. Thank you!

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Diane! Glad I could help!

      Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  4. Christie says:

    Yes, I’ve been busy cleaning up my Pinterest boards this week! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Totally Terrific Tuesday! I hope we see you again this week. Party starts tonight at 10pm!

    1. Christine says:

      Thanks Christie! It’s always a pleasure to join your linky πŸ™‚

  5. Amber says:

    I have been dragging my feet on doing this for a while now. It’s such a daunting task, but needs to be done! Thanks for linking up with us at the Best of the Blogosphere! Hope to see you again this week. πŸ™‚

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Amber! It can be kind of overwhelming. If you want to do it in small chunks, try changing the names of boards slightly after you sort them. I sort of did the opposite, since I have more sorted than unsorted. My unsorted boards have an * in front of the titles to let me know it’s full of landmines. It makes it easy though when I come back later to know where I still have work to do.

      Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  6. Aimee says:

    I seriously need a Pintervention. I have over 10,000 pins that I need to sort through. I know I need to purge & reorganize, it just feels so overwhelming. Thanks for giving me the kick in the pants I needed to get started. πŸ™‚

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Aimee! It can be a bit daunting, but it’s also a lot of fun. When you get into the older pins, there’s a lot of “what was I thinking”.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting πŸ™‚

  7. Julie says:

    I am not very good on Pinterest. I use it for a bit when I am looking for something and then I leave it for weeks. Nice to co-hosting with you Christine.

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Julie! I admire that you can walk away from Pinterest! I don’t have that kind of strength.

      It’s always a pleasure to co-host with you πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

  8. These are all terrific tips! I recently spent an entire Saturday organizing my boards in alphabetical order as they were just EVERYWHERE and in no sort of order at all! While I did that I also chose new “cover Photos” for each board, combined a few boards, and deleted even more boards. I didn’t check all of the links but did check several. I had a hard time getting rid of the boards I used as inspiration for my wedding last April… Not sure if it was for sentimental reasons or because the majority of my followers follow those boards. I absolutely loved this post though and plan to go back through and take your tip on the holidays that is so very clever and while I’m there I will check all the links as well!

    Thank you for joining us and linking up to Party Under the Big Top! Hope to see you again next time!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx
    Welcome to My Circus

    1. Christine says:

      Lysa!!! I’m glad my post was helpful πŸ™‚

      On your wedding boards: What if you started posting content on there that you think would be relevant to the followers? Like post-wedding stuff. Chances are a lot of them are married now also and moving on to the next phase of their lives like you have πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  9. lauren says:

    I know I have to clean up my pinterest… It just seems so overwhelming!! I will pin this to help me when I DO finally get around to it! ha!

    1. Christine says:

      It can be a bit much, but it’s also a lot of fun! Good luck!!!

      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  10. Raquel says:

    Great tips! – Good idea to check that the links are valid. There is nothing worse than clicking to a 404 error! I try to switch my boards around every once in a while so that the more relevant ones are to the top.

    1. Christine says:

      I love that you switch your boards around! I’ve read before that you should have your most popular boards or the ones you want to highlight up at the top, but I move things and then I can’t find them and then I can’t stand to move them back. I really admire people who can do that kind of thing regularly!

      Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

  11. rue says:

    I just started an entirely new one. The last one I had is sitting there in a mess LOL This gave me some good ideas where not to go wrong this time though. Thank you πŸ™‚

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Rue. You just gave me a big old smile. I wish I had the courage to just start a new board, but I’m such a digital hoarder, I couldn’t bear to do it. I love that you have the ability to just cut it off and start over. That is so cool!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. You know what You’re right. I have mine organized a bit differently but I agree you need to go in a delete things as you go along. I have tons of pins but for me it’s mostly about visuals with pinterest, I’m a sucker for a pretty picture.

    1. Christine says:

      I do love the pictures! There were some I found with bad links, but great pictures. I just removed the links. I couldn’t ditch those images!

      What did we do before Pinterest again?

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. These are great tips! I need to go through my Pinterest profile and do some cleaning. It’s so easy to let our online spaces get even more cluttered than our homes!

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Laura! You’re absolutely right! It is so easy to just pin everything because it doesn’t seem like it takes up any space.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting πŸ™‚

  14. Ashley S. says:

    Thanks for this, I need to clean up my pinterest as well!

    1. Christine says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by Ashley! Good luck cleaning up your pins.

  15. Christie says:

    These are really great tips, Christine. I need to go through my boards, too. Thanks so much for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday!

    1. Christine says:

      Christie! Thanks so much for stopping by! πŸ˜€

  16. Free says:

    I don’t have many boards so this will be very easy for me. I going through the few boards that I do have and I trying to make them make sense to me and to others. This post is great. Loved the tips you gave. Thanks!

    1. Christine says:

      I’m so glad you loved the tips! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  17. Mary Burris says:

    This made me so tired just thinking about all that is involved with cleaning up Pinterest. LOL Some good advice on getting started.

    Thank you for tossing your hat into the ring at the Party Under The Big Top! We hope to see you again next week! #BigTopBlogParty

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Mary!! Yup, it can be a ton of work. You can do it though: I’ve seen your Pinboards. You’re like a Pinterest Super Star πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  18. Great idea. Now I just need to schedule some time to play on Pinterest. I tend to get distracted very easily when I’m on there. #BigTopBlogParty.

    1. Christine says:

      Ha! That’s the truth! It is hard to stay focused and not start pinning more.

      Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

  19. Suzi T says:

    Stopping by from #BigTopBlogParty. Guilty and off to sort out my boards!

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Suzi! Thanks for stopping by! Good luck with your boards!

  20. Amanda says:

    Great post! I recently wiped out pretty much all of my pins and have sloooowly been rebuilding, this time trying to focus on things that truly inspire me! Thanks for sharing, found you on Totally Terrific Tuesday πŸ™‚

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Amanda! I love that you have a focus on your pins. I don’t have that ability. The best I can do now is ask myself, “Will I ever possibly do this”. If the answer is “yes, maybe if I had a bigger house and a lot more skill,” then it’s hard for me not to pin. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by!

  21. Kristen says:

    I think I need to scale back on some of my boards too but just haven’t gotten around to it yet but I probably should do some de-cluttering. Thanks for the great tips!

    1. Christine says:

      Hi Kristen! Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚

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