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We Cleaned Out Our Pinterest Closet

by Grace Bonney

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You know that feeling you get when you clean out your closet? As much as you hate doing it, it’s precisely the fresh start you need to see everything differently and feel like your life is in order. Well, I just did that with our Pinterest page. It’s no secret that I’ve struggled with Pinterest as a platform and have never really found my footing with it, in terms of remembering to (or wanting to) log in several times a day to Pin things. As a blogger, I sort of “pin” things all the time, whether it’s on our blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We’ve tried all sorts of ideas and projects to jumpstart our Pinterest excitement but nothing really caught. Until now.

Julia and I have started looking at homes and the first thing I did was start a “Grace’s Dream Home” board to track all of the personal things I’d like to try/use/consider should we ever be lucky enough to find that space. I’d been pinning small things here and there (pink linen tablecloths, gardening hats, you know, the necessities) and it made me start reexamining our overall page. And what I found was a mess.

This whole year has been about focusing on quality over quantity and I saw no reason that our Pinterest page should be any different. So I spent a full weekend paring down our boards from 148 to 40. I only kept the boards that I knew I would keep updating on a regular basis and that really spoke to the heart of what we love and do here at Design*Sponge. So you’ll find hundreds of our favorite homes (broken down by rooms, too), DIYs, Recipes and City Guides, but you’ll also find Flowers & Gardening and Makeovers. I’ve also added and updated some fun boards that touch on some other topics that are near and dear to our hearts. Here are some of my favorites:


I hope these new boards and a cleaner, simplified and easier to navigate board homepage will help anyone who’s looking for more inspiration, updated throughout the day. Happy pinning! xo, grace

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  • It’s so funny that you posted this today! I was just thinking about how I need to better organize and clean up my Pinterest page. Starting today!

  • If you and Julia are looking at homes outside of NYC, consider NJ! We’d love to have you in the Montclair area.

  • uff! i totally have to do that because i have too little boards. i put all my diy and home inspiration stuff in the same folder. maybe that’s what i’ll do this weekend :)

  • I have been periodically “uncluttering” my boards. It’s so much easier than tackling my house! ;-)

  • Ugh, I feel like the whole world is nudging me to deal with my Pinterest page. Of course, I love pinning things, but I’m not that good at keeping myself on course. I’ve got about 40 boards and they’re all beautiful (or perhaps I just think so because I created them), but I’ve really got to hone my sense of direction so that it starts bringing in business!

  • I did it too and it felt so good. I have to admit I was really self focused with my previous boards. They made perfect sense to me, but if anyone else looked at them, they’d have no clue what the big idea was. So when I re-orged them I pretended like I was sharing with a friend, aka all my followers. While not many, I still wanted to be a better sharer (if that’s a word). Now on to my sock drawer!

  • Aww thank you for that! I really find it funny when people create a whole board for some really abstract thing, like its just an excuse to hoard pictures, and then end up with 200 boards. eep! And finding new pinners to follow who have so many boards to choose from is a challenge also.
    I don’t have a lot of boards personally, but I have a lot of pictures in them and try to label them correctly for when I have to go back and find them later.

  • Hi Grace, I used Pinterest a lot less when I pinned directly from the app. A while back they released the “Pin It” browser button (you DL it through Pinterest), and it dramatically changed my use of the app. It just adds a “Pin It” button to your browser bar, so any page you’re on, click the button and it pulls up all the pinnable images on the page to add to a board. A simple idea, but means you don’t have to go into the app to pin rather, you can just add pins willy-nilly as you browse online and see content you like. I sound like an advertisement for Pinterest, lol…and obvs disregard if you already have the button :)

  • I’m really glad you [re]organized your Pinterest boards! I did that to my personal Pinterest boards a little while ago, which was actually grueling work because of the load speeds / load time to make edits and move things around. Thanks to your Pinterest reorganization, I can now follow them much easier. In short, THANK YOU!!!!

  • You have no idea how much you are helping me right now! I want to clean the cabinets in the kitchen and honestly I have no idea how to start. Thank you for the interesting ideas!

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