If you’re a creative soul, you’ve probably already logged a few hours – or days – on Pinterest. (If you’re looking for an invite, post a note in the comments or contact me.) Yes, point number 3 in the pin above is true. it can be just as big of a time vacuum as the social media sites. But this week, Pinterest was the spring board to moving me forward on something I’ve been thinking of doing for two years now.
We all have that online bookmark folder of “stuff we’re going to do something with someday,” right? I’m too “green” to print it all, so 90% of my inspiration stays right on my Macbook. My bookmarks have gotten so far out of hand, it was tempting to delete them all and know that newer inspiration will surely come along.
But since playing around with a few boards on Pinterest, I’ve actually found ways to organize all those links in ways that make sense. The visuals are incredibly helpful. And being able to categorize topics into boards helps keep ideas and projects on track.
So this is the image that inspired me this week.
Being such a fan of reusable gift wrap options, I save just about anything that could be used to wrap or embellish a gift. Add that to the fact that I have a ton of fabric gift bags, and you can imagine what it’s like trying to find just the right size wrapping option for just the right gift recipient.
There was a section in our basement with some storage bins full of paper gift bags we’ve received (I don’t buy new ones, but we do reuse the ones we get), tissue paper, packing paper, etc. For years I’ve said I wanted to create a system for keeping it not only organized, but where I can get to it and actually see what is there.
The photo above was the first of several I added to my Pinterest board for gift giving stations. A few days later, our handyman (my dad) came to visit, and I now have pegboard hanging in a previously unused section of the basement. I’m working to get it all organized, repurposing things we already have. You’ll be the first to see the pictures – and pins – when it’s ready!
Oh — and another source of inspiration I’m loving on Pinterest? Quotes. As a writer, I need a little reminder every now and then that my job is more than marketing, networking, hanging pinning pretty stuff… To be a writer, you have to write. Every day.