Do you have Pinterest envy? What's Pinterest envy you ask? It's browsing Pinterest, daydreaming about all these "awesome", "have it together", "super moms" who share their ideas for the rest of us....and feeling like we can't live up to the standard. I’ve seen some thoughts popping up in newsletters, online articles, etc. about how moms across the country are feeling inadequate because of Pinterest. I’m not sure how I feel about that-well, actually I do know how I feel about it and I think it’s kind of crazy.
But, I want to share with you FIVE ways to avoid Pinterest envy . In other words, using Pinterest effectively and to hopefully expose you and your family to new things.
1. Remember what Pinterest is intended for. It’s intended to be a place to store your ideas you find online that you don’t want to lose. Remember the old days of bookmarking websites? Consider it the same idea, just with pictures and organized a little better.
2. Limit yourself to 10-15 boards. This is a good starting point, and can help you keep some control of what you are pinning. Title them specifically-instead of “Food” try “Chicken Dishes”, “Soups”, “Desserts”, “Party Foods”. Or instead of “Clothes” try “Spring Fashion”, “Winter Style”, “Kids’ Clothes”, etc. This is something I wish I had known before starting on Pinterest. I find this less overwhelming and easier to find pins.
3. Don’t “pin” ideas that you know are out of your realm of reality. If you’ve been on My Favorite Finds long enough, you’ll know that sewing is NOT my gift. So, why would I have a pin board dedicated to it? I might pin hand sewn clothes to a board, but not with the intention of making them-I’m going to find someone else to make them for me or find something similar on Etsy . I’m not saying that you can’t try something new. But try to be realistic about it.
4. Each week, choose one new recipe, project, or decorating idea from a pin board. This way, you can slowly and surely work your way through the ideas you’ve pinned. You spend plenty of time on the internet to add to your pinboards. Don’t just let those ideas sit on your boards and be of no use.
5. Dedicate yourself to 20 minutes on Pinterest. I find this is hard for me personally. But, when I limit myself, I don’t get overwhelmed and frustrated. When I was spending more than 20 minutes on Pinterest, I was feeling distracted and irritated because I was pinning and intending to follow through with way more than I really was. I found when I turned my time I was using to pin and dream into time carrying through on some recipes, projects, etc., I felt a lot better.
Overall, remember that you aren’t super mom, super wife, or super crafter. Also, taking time to visit some of the blogs that are the original source of the pin can be eye opening and helpful. You’ll realize that many of the recipes, crafts, etc. are coming from real life people who truly enjoy crafting, cooking, organizing. Instead of comparing yourself to them, I encourage you to be thankful that they have the talent and time to share it.
Do you suffer from Pinterest envy? Thoughts?