My Tips for Organizing Pinterest Boards

This post is for all the Pinterest plagued persons out there, like me…

Wait… let me rephrase that: this post is for all the Pinterest plagued persons out there, whose boards are a mammoth mess and you cannot find anything, like me…

I use Pinterest for many things…. I love it for personal ideas and home projects but I also use it for my freelance business as well. It comes in very handy when I’m hired to create “look and feel boards” for particular campaigns. Pinterest saves so much time and organizes everything in one spot.

Oh, wait. Organizes? Well, sort of. It gathers all my “pins” for a specific “board” that I name. However, before tonight, I had probably 50 boards I created (excluding the private ones). Nonetheless, when I first signed onto Pinterest, I was compelled to identify each board with a clever name. Well, that was my first mistake.

Because as the years went on, I could never find the board I wanted to pin items to fast enough and found myself searching up and down the long list OR I had a hard time trying to find an idea or image that I remembered pinning but on which cleverly-named board did I put it on? Ugh…

Anyone else annoyed that today, you not only have clutter to deal with in your actual ‘living’ life but you have accumulated so much online clutter that you are totally overwhelmed? (like me of course….)

So, today, I wanted to put a dent into my online cluttered life but needed to start with something easy… such as Pinterest. And it amazingly dawned on me that I should simply clarify my names and create a sort of “sub-folder” system since Pinterest has yet to allow this kind of online filing. Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

Due to my recent awakening, I thought I’d share it in case other people were just as annoyed as I was, when perusing their Pinterest boards! And in my vexatious tone, for those who already knew this eons ago, then you are really smart. No need to read any further and check back tomorrow or the next day to see if I write something more useful to you.

However, for the rest of the slow-to-adapt people, like me, this is what I did:

I divided all my 50-something, no-rhyme-or-reason-named boards into six distinct categories:  Art, Reno (for renovation), Project, Style, Tips, DIY, Leisure and then A to Z (for all the misc. stuff that didn’t fall into the prior compartments).

But Pinterest doesn’t let you organize by categories, at least as of yet (Jan. 2015). So I ‘faked’ the categories in how I named each board. For instance, the first category is “art” and I have five ‘subcategories’ so I named my first five boards the following:

art: artists i like
art: upcycle
art: basketry
art: design: color
art: design: graphics

Now all art and design related items will appear up by the front because when pinning, the drop down menu is alphabetical (you can still arrange the boards on your page however you like). It is now so much easier to find the boards I need to pin to when I’m on a website or receive ideas from a client!

Below is my new, nice and organized public board on Pinterest…


Now, I still haven’t organized my “Private boards.” Yes, if you didn’t know this, you don’t have to have all your ideas out there for everyone to see. I have about 8 private boards that I don’t need y’all knowing about… like how I may do a juice fast or dealing with alligator-like dry feet or tips on getting the smell out of your dog’s coat when he rolls around in cow poop. Stuff like that, everyone doesn’t need to see…

It’s sort of like when you’re rushing around the house cleaning before company comes… clean up the ‘publicly viewed’ areas and then shove all the rest of the unorganized junk in the ‘private back closet’…. I’m sure many of you know what I’m talkin’ about!
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The Cottage Girls 2015 Calendar: January

One of my more enjoyable projects I was busy with at the end of 2014 was finishing the Cottage Girls Calendar and getting it printed before the new year! I think I made it by a couple days.

It started back in November where I photographed most of the subject matter while I was in Georgia, during Eric’s workshop. I love setting up shots. I might have gotten that bug from my photography class in college or on the many photo shoots I was on while I worked in advertising. I was usually envious of the “photo stylist” on set, since her job looked so much more fun than mine! LOL. Except the time we had to shoot product for Pizza Hut out in Los Angeles. The hand model we hired was driving her crazy!


One of my favorite shots (and the one I was most nervous about) was the cover, pictured above. It features Suzanne’s cottage where all the charming “cottage girls” convene and make baskets.

I chose to do an evening shot because of their new bottle tree that Jud created. It is stunning! And he electrified it so each bottle glowed. I knew I wouldn’t be able to do it justice but I wanted to try and attempt the night shot – hence my nervousness!

I was quite pleased with the end result. Along with getting the detail of the tree and not having it overpower the building, I was able to capture the soft light from the inside as well as still getting additional details, such as the bottles lined up in the bottom left window. If anyone has taken shots when it’s dark, you know what I mean!

So after I processed the photos on my laptop, I could finally breathe a sigh of relief!

I thought I would share each month with y’all over the next year. So here’s January’s layout. The basket was created by Connie Baughman… lucky girl to be the first one featured!


When I saw Miss Connie’s basket, lined with that black velvet, I knew I had to photograph it on Suzanne and Jud’s new basketweave marble tile! I was elated that it came out stronger than I thought.

Overall, despite all the work and what it entailed, the calendar was one of my favorite projects…. most likely due to my client: The Cottage Girls! Easiest clients ever and am grateful they trusted me with having creative license over their 2015 calendar.

Will have another snap in February.

On the date page, January 3rd’s basket is from Gwen Clark and the 30th was created by Cole Medeiros over at D.E.L.S. Nantucket. Both photos were supplied by the artisans.

Five Questions Friday: to the Mrs.

Eric: Is there no longer a “Five Questions Friday anymore”? It’s been over a month since you asked me anything.
Lynne: Yes, there is. And it hasn’t been a month. I think only 26 days. I was taking a small break. I thought you would be glad since you are always whining about my questions.

Eric: When are we going to take down the Christmas decorations?
Lynne: Seriously!?! I packed up all the ornaments and majority of all the decorations. I’m waiting on you! Remember? You agreed to take off all the lights off the tree. And that’s the only thing left! So when are you going to take the lights off the tree so I can pack the last two boxes?

Eric: Oh yeah… I guess tonight. But I’m the one asking the questions! Pretend Chance is back in his prime… who would win in chasing down the UPS truck… him or Jaxson?
Lynne: Definitely Chance! Not only do I think he was faster, he would last longer. Your dog Jaxson is fast, but he poops out rather quickly.

Eric: How does it feel to be this year’s shuffleboard champion and winning the coveted Talbot Cup?
Lynne: One word: AWESOME!

Eric: Now before we hear what aggravated you this week I have a bonus question that you need to answer since you’ve neglected your blog for way too long. Before you married me, would you have ever envisioned me allowing a dog in our bed?
Lynne: I’m going to use the same word again…. Seriously!?! I should be asking you this question, and I think I will next week! I don’t want dogs in the bed. Chance has never slept in a “human” bed for all his life. You are the one that let Jaxson continue hopping in our bed… so much so that we now have to ask him if we can lay down! So my final answer would be “yes” because you do the opposite of whatever I say. You hear “no dogs in the bed” and then I hear “Come on Jaxson… get up here… time for bed!”

Eric: Okay, what aggravated you this week?
Lynne: I have two things…. one the internet issues but it wasn’t too much of an aggravation since they came right out and fixed it. The other more annoying thing was you telling me I had until 2:30 before Jud and Suzanne arrived and then me not paying attention and deciding to rip apart my office and not only running out of time before putting it back together, but neglecting our messy bedroom and having our visitors see my disasters!