How to Put Your Pinterest Addiction to Good Use

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m addicted to Pinterest: My name is Tessa Shull and I’m a pinoholic. Surprisingly, I really do actually use a large amount of the things I pin on Pinterest. [GASP]. It’s true.

I believe that if you enjoy something and let it consume time in your everyday life, you better be able to do one of two things with it:

1. Enjoy or use it socially, whether that means with family, friends, kids, gatherings, students, etc.

OR

2. Put it to good use, and that can mean bettering your home, health, finances, relationships, career, self and so on.

A homemade meal I found on Pinterest. Simple, affordable, healthy and delicious.

A homemade meal I found on Pinterest. Simple, affordable, healthy and delicious.

I’ve found a way to enjoy Pinterest whenever I want without shame because I’m able to put it to good use, and this is how:

Food: Cook a meal or make some of those nutritious shakes you pinned at least two to three times a week. When you’re hungry and have no idea what to make, resort to your food board. It will save you money, possibly calories and more than the amount of time it took you to pin the recipe + a few others.

A simple, fast Pinterest find that actually got my glass stove-top clean.

A simple, fast Pinterest find that actually got my glass stove-top clean.

An idea I found for an "organization center" with a Calendar, daily meals and to-dos that keeps our family on top of it.

An idea I found for an  “organization center” with a Calendar, daily meals (ones in red are Pinterest finds) and to-dos.

Organization and Cleanliness: My rule is that if I can do it in a minute or less, do it right then. However, if I’m on Pinterest, I’m obviously already not doing much of anything else. So, in that case, if it’s something you can do in a few minutes (or more depending on how much free-time is available), try to do it right then. Seriously, just get up and go label those cords on the the power strip with the tape or bread tabs or whatever else you KNOW you have laying around your place. If you have baking soda and apple cider vinegar sitting in your kitchen, go make the household cleaner you just pinned. I promise you it won’t take more than five minutes, and it will save you a ton of time and money in the future.

DIY: These are my favorite. DIYs can be time consuming, but we all know there are projects, things around the house, gifts, etc. that you want or need to get done. DIYs are the best way to go, and you have all the information right in front of your face. Whatever you need to do is going to take time anyway, so why not do it yourself and save a ton of money or make it personal. Before I really DIYed, I would go spend money on things that were hazardous, pointless or just an unnecessary cost when the whole time I could’ve just done it myself. So, next time you need to go shopping or get a gift or fix something, just browse your DIY pins and DoItYourself.

A crafty gift idea I found on Pinterest and made my own spin for my Etsy shop and a profit.

A crafty gift idea I found on Pinterest and made my own spin for my Etsy shop and a profit.

Crafts: These can seem hard to justify, but they’re really not. If there’s some crafty thing you want to do, it can add decor to your home or you can even turn a profit! I use a lot of my crafty pins to gather inventory for my soon-to-be-open Etsy shop. It’s also something fun to do with your kids, friends, sorority or in a classroom.

A pin (from my Examiner job, also found on Pinterest) on professional writing.

A pin (from my Examiner job, also found on Pinterest) on professional writing.

Professionalism: Pinterest can be such a great tool for just about any career, education or just general skill. You can search and find so many helpful tips for marketing yourself, educational topics, interview etiquette and on and on. It’s seriously an endless resource to find the knowledge you need to further yourself as a professional in any walk of life, so use it! Through Pinterest, I found out about Examiner just by searching “freelance writing,” and now I write for them.

7 bridesmaids' bouquets I made for my wedding that cost maybe $20 altogether instead of buying bouquets for $100+ each.

7 bridesmaids’ bouquets I made for my wedding that cost maybe $20 altogether instead of buying bouquets for $100+ each.

Event Planning: This is a BIG one. You can find anything and everything imaginable on Pinterest when you’re planning for a wedding, baby shower, party, birthday, graduation or literally any other event in existence. I retrieved a very large portion of my wedding ideas and plans from pins, and instead of looking back thinking “I wish I’d know about this” or “I wish I would’ve done that,” I was able to find all these cool ideas and incorporate them into my wedding beforehand. Same deal with my first baby reveal. Once again, it’s a great resource, so use it!

A 5k I'm participating in that I originally saw this picture of on Pinterest and became interested.

A 5k I’m participating in that I originally saw this picture of on Pinterest and became interested.

Health: There are tons and tons and tons of exercise and health tips to be found on Pinterest. If you want to lose weight, eat healthy, juice, make healthy products for your skin, do any kind of exercise, you can find it on Pinterest. You can find motivation, step-by-step guides, apps and literally just about anything. After my pregnancy, I was able to lose 40 lbs., and a lot of it was done with ideas or healthy recipes from Pinterest. Truthfully, we should all be exercising and eating healthy in some way, but most of us dread it. If you’re on Pinterest, you have a health and/or exercise board. So, just incorporate some of those pins into your daily routine.

An idea of organizing and decorating with my baby's toys instead of constantly having to clean them up and hide them away.

An idea of organizing and decorating with my baby’s toys instead of constantly having to clean them up and hide them away.

Babies and Children: Pinterest is a great place to find help, ideas and advice on raising and taking care of children. You can find fun and educational projects, disciplinary tricks and tips, birthday party and decor ideas, food recipes, etc. If you have a newborn, there are also tons of tips for breastfeeding, losing weight, sleep scheduling and on and on. When you’re interacting with your child or children, make a conscious effort to do something that you’ve pinned with them, whether it be daily, weekly or ongoing. 

Pet

A cool collar from an Etsy shop I found for my dog on Pinterest.

Pets: If you’re a pet owner, Pinterest can be a great place to get tips on pet care, trendy item or shop finds, a good laugh and even ideas for making your own grooming products. Have a little fun and make treats, do something different, start something new or get something fun for your pet.

Media: Pinterest is also a good place to find other media outlets, shows, movies and literature to get involved with. Find a good list of books or movies and actually go purchase or check them out.

A group board I share with one of my best friends who lives halfway across the US.

A group board I share with one of my best friends who lives halfway across the US.

Just Because: There are some pins on Pinterest you won’t be able to turn around and physically use, and that’s okay. Some things are simply just funny or good to know. Put these pins to good use by sharing boards with a friend or group and pinning common interests or shared humor. It’s a simple way to keep in touch and keep friends/family you may not see often on your mind. 

If you have some other good tips to put your Pinterest addiction to good use, comment and share them with me! I’m always looking for more ideas.

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