Have you ever watched those shows and specials on television about hoarders? I sit there, condescending and sarcastic, saying out loud, “I would never let my house look that bad!” While I try to keep that promise to myself, deep down I know I still have way too many hair and makeup products not to mention about 7 pairs of shoes that I keep because “they go with that one outfit that I sometimes think about wearing.”
When we got married, my husband introduced me to the concept of digital hoarding: keeping files, pictures, documents, and software on your electronic devices that you didn’t need and would never use. You know what I’m talking about here- the 7 pictures you accidentally took of your lens cap and accidentally downloaded on your computer, crummy essays you wrote in college, the 3 or 4 old versions of Microsoft Office still sitting in your files. So I started cleaning some of that stuff out, uninstalling old programs, deleting music and pictures I didn’t need or want. It’s kind of freeing.
Today I was playing around online and pinning/saving a few ideas and recipes, and I happened to click “see now.” Whoa, buddy. Where did all the junk in that board come from? Why did I have a diy table project in my “desserts to try” board? Did I really think I was ever going to make that funky cake recipe? That recipe has candy corn. I hate candy corn? The guilty panic set in, followed by the feeling of digital failure. I, Kristen Baisley, am a Pinterest hoarder.
- They say admitting it is the first step to recovery. Well, step one done.
Do you struggle with this? Is this just me here? You get on Pinterest and pin like crazy, especially when you should be doing something else, then you wake up one day and –bam! – it’s out of control. Then, you start thinking that you’ll clean things up and delete, but it takes so long to delete a pin! “Edit” then “Delete Pin” then “Are you sure?” Yes, I’m sure!!
But then, what if you aren’t sure? I started going through some of my boards and thinking, “That one should go, but what if I do get around to trying that? That recipe looks weird or hard, but I could feel bored or adventurous sometime. I would never use that, but what if I unpin it and regret it later?” Seriously, Kristen. Get a grip. You aren’t going to make a purse out of a placemat. You aren’t ever going to build flooring with pennies. You don’t need to make a cake out of candy corn.
I’m challenging myself, and you because you’re reading this, to a clean-up. It may take hours, days, weeks, but I’m going to get my Pinterest page looking pristine. No more seeing travel posts in my recipe boards. No more candy corn cakes and placemat purses. I’m going to leave the pins that I will use and try, pins that are practical and fit my personality. I’m going to be clean and organized.
Who’s with me?
- Admit that you have a problem.
- Determine to clean up your act!
- Move all pins to the boards where they belong.
- Delete all pins that you are no longer interested in.
- Delete all pins that “seemed like a good idea to pin at the time…”
- Reorganize/Rename boards to make sense with their content.
- Choose pretty photos for each boards “profile pic.”
- Update your Pinterest profile information and photo.
- Have a coffee and rest yourself, bravo!
I need to get on these steps and get cleaned up. If you have more suggestions, please let me know! Let’s make our Pinterest pages a better place.
Check out my Pinterest to see what I get to “clean”.
*The drama expressed in this post may be due to the sugar high Kristen experienced during the writing process because she was eating too much cake.