The Task: Downsize my pinterest boards to contain projects I really might actually do some day.
The Why: Does anybody else feel like they have too much inspiration and not enough time? Sometimes I get stressed out about all the projects I want to complete even though they are completely optional projects that shouldn't have the ability to stress me out at all!
Plus, I think sometimes pinterest convinces us to make something we really don't need or even really want, just because it's a neat idea. Just because I can make a handbag out of my old tank tops doesn't mean I should make a handbag out of my old tank tops. It isn't up-cycling if the finished project is clutter I don't need!
And the convenience of curating all the ideas and inspiration in one place lost it's actual convenience around the time my Pinterest pins exceeded 1000. It was becoming easier to search Google for a new recipe than to find one I had pinned!
The How: I created a few new boards and moved all my favourite pins into those few boards. I left a couple boards alone, like my "recipes I've tried" board, which is uber handy when I'm looking for that peanut butter cookie recipe I know I tried but never got around to writing down.
I made a point of asking myself questions like "Does this project/idea/inspiration fit well with the life we're trying to live."and "Is this a project I may actually want to tackle in the coming year?"
The Verdict: I went from 51 boards and 1477 pins down to 12 boards and 245 ideas I really think I might use someday. I was reminded of some great projects and recipes that had lost their appeal amid all the digital clutter.
By the way, you can check out my pinterest boards here, if you want!
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