Using Pinterest to Find and Organize Ideas for Your Family (plus a list of folks to follow!)

[really_simple_share]

The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.

Using Pinterest, the virtual bulletin board, has become one of my favorite ways to find and organize ideas for my family.  I”m a visual person and being able to see my bulletin boards, and organize them by type, is more helpful to me than any other link favorites documenting system I”ve used in the past.

It also appeals to me because it is a paperless way to plan and organize, and the fewer piles of paper we have around here the better!

I love that I can organize the ideas I find for my family and home by season, type, age and stage – really, any category that I can come up with! 

If you aren”t currently on Pinterest and you don”t know what all the fuss about “pinning” is, let me share a few tips and tricks with you today, as well as some of my favorite people to follow for kids and family ideas.

Getting Started

One of the first things you”re going to want to do once you set up an account on  Pinterest is to create some bulletin boards for yourself.  I have boards for different ages/grades, types of crafts, tutorials, and for the home as well as for holiday ideas.

You can edit the boards you create later, and in the future I would encourage you to customize them as specifically as you can so that they will be the most useful for you, but for now just create a few boards with some basic categories.

Here are a few board name suggestions to get you started:

  • Kids” Rooms
  • Holidays
  • Snack and Meal Ideas
  • Crafts
  • Books
  • Birthdays

Once you have created your boards, you can begin pinning ideas into them.  As you go along, you”ll probably discover categories that suit your needs and you can get more specific.  I know my board categories have evolved as I”ve been using Pinterest longer.

For example, I”ve created Pinterest boards for each of my children with their favorite animal (owls, horses, penguins, and foxes) and my 10 year old has been curating a board of paper dolls.  I”m compiling Valentine”s Day ideas, too.

If you need more help with Pinterest, Megan of Sorta Crunchy has written a wonderful series of tutorials:

What to Pin?

How do you find things to pin?  It is easy!  Pin items as you come across things you would like to try on the blogs you read as you go about your normal web wanderings.

Pin While You Surf

More and more bloggers are adding “Pin it” buttons to their posts.  Here on Simple Kids, you can find them at the bottom of the posts.  Simply click the red and white “Pin it” button, write in your description, choose what board to add it to and ta da!  You”ve made a pin!

Pinterest also has a button that you can download to your toolbar so you can pin sites that don”t have buttons already on them.

Pinning from the Pinterest website

When you are on the Pinterest website, there is a search box and it is easy to use, especially if you are seeking out a specific idea or person.  I”ve used this feature recently to look up items related to sourdough, Chinese New Year, and painting with kids.

But what if you”re just looking for inspiration and don”t know exactly what you are looking for? One of the best ways to start finding ideas is to simply start following others.

The majority of the things that I pin I find from following others and seeing what they pin. If you”re not interested in every single thing they pin, no problem!  Just follow the individual boards you are specifically interested in.

Try searching for your friends or your favorite bloggers on Pinterest and follow their boards.  See who they follow and try following a few of those people as well.

Here are a few lists of people that I follow, as a suggestion:

Simple Living Media on Pinterest

Simple Kids Contributors on Pinterest

Other Terrific People to Follow

Pinterest also has a Kids category that shows what all users are pinning related to kids and family.

Now What?

Okay, you”re on Pinterest, you”ve made a few boards. Now what?  Well, get started creating! Put those terrific ideas and tips into action!

Nicole, of Simple Organic, has started a link up for all of those wonderful Pinterest ideas that get put into action.  If you need a little motivation to move your Pinterest finds into real life, perhaps linking up with Simple Organic”s From Pinterest to Real Life monthly link ups would work for you?

Need an Invitation to Pinterest?

Do you need an invitation to Pinterest?  I”d be happy to send you one!  Simply email me, or leave a note here in the comments, with your email address and I”ll invite you (note:  I don”t check my email more than once or twice day, so be a bit patient with me when waiting for a response, okay?)

Already on Pinterest?

Are you already on Pinterest?  Leave me a note in the comments with your username/link and I”ll look you up!

Happy pinning!

[really_simple_share]
About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace

Comments

  1. Thank you for the suggestions and lists of people to follow! I’d love to receive an invite to pinterest. Thank you so much!

  2. I am totally, utterly and hopelessly addicted to pinterest! I guess there are worse addictions! LOL
    Thanks for the list of people to follow… there were even a few I wasn’t following!

    You can find me, katepickle, here – http://pinterest.com/katepickle/
    katepickle´s latest post: Real Life Wednesday

  3. I love using Pinterest to organize ideas – so much easier than searching through bookmark folders! I look forward to browsing the links you posted. Thanks!
    http://pinterest.com/amyswandering/
    Amy´s latest post: A Note of {Humility} for My Kids

  4. I loved this list! Gave me some great people to follow for more kids ideas. I love finding kids stuff on Pinterest. My kids are only 3 months and 16 months but I’m (im)patiently waiting for the day some of these ideas can come to life!

    http://pinterest.com/consciousfamily/

  5. Could you send me an invite?

  6. I’d love a pinterest invite- thanks! Carolinamudstudios@yahoo.com

  7. Can you sen me an invite?

  8. I am a Pinterest addict! http://pinterest.com/unlabeledmama/
    Jocelyn´s latest post: What’s on the Menu?

  9. Great ideas for using Pinterest more and better! (and thanks so much for mentioning our linky.) :)

  10. Marguerite says:

    Could someone send me an invite please?

  11. Could you send me an invite. Thank you

  12. I’m a newbie, just started pinning last week. Now I have some talented & crafty chicas to follow, including yourself. Thanks for the tips!! :)

  13. Heck yes, I love pinterest! Thanks for some new people to follow

    You can find me here: http://pinterest.com/mylifeasacake/

  14. Natasha Gopinko says:

    Pinterest is the most happening thing currently in the social network market and is also attracting lot of new people. To be honest I learned something new in this post even if its my first time to know.
    Natasha Gopinko´s latest post: gold and silver

  15. hey great post!
    though I am not a mom yet, I use Pinterest to store ideas about motherhood and ideas to decorate a room for my future children. Hope to be a mommy soon!
    Do look up my boards
    Love
    Amruta

  16. Love this website. Just followed all of your suggestions-thanks!!! Feel free to find me on Pinterest at
    http://pinterest.com/elizabethhelms/

    i have over 3,000 pins and 84 boards and have TONS of kid-toddler pins!!! :)

Trackbacks

  1. […] Turn kids into curators: Pinterest is so easy, even younger kids can use it. Help students create Pinterest boards for their favorite things, like animals or even paper dolls. […]

  2. […] Turn kids into curators: Pinterest is so easy, even younger kids can use it. Help students emanate Pinterest play for their favorite things, like animals or even paper dolls. […]

  3. […] Speaking of Pinterest, I love it — do you know about it yet? Basically, it’s a visual way to collect ideas. Simple Kids explains it all here: “Using Pinterest to Find and Organize Ideas for Your Family.“ […]

  4. […] Save Electricity Build a Frugal Pantry How to Cook with Extra Virgin Olive – includes a video Using Pinterest to Find and Organize Ideas for Your Family A Cute Way to Eliminate Mudroom […]

  5. […] here, it’s really easy. Need inspiration on boards to make? Simple Kids did a great post on the best ways for parents to use Pinterest and some suggestions on what to pin. Once your there be sure to follow us! You can also found me […]

  6. what are anxiety attacks

    Using Pinterest to Organize Ideas for Children’s Activities | Simple Kids

  7. web hosting services massachusetts

    Using Pinterest to Organize Ideas for Children’s Activities | Simple Kids

  8. noblesse.or.Kr

    Using Pinterest to Organize Ideas for Children’s Activities | Simple Kids

Share Your Thoughts

*


4 + = 7

CommentLuv badge