Pinterest in Homemaking: Pros and Cons

Social media is both a blessing and a curse. I love social media because it can connect me to people in a way that I couldn’t be connected otherwise, but sometimes I definitely spend way too much time on these websites. One of my favorite social media sites is – you guessed it – Pinterest. I have had my Pinterest account for several years now and have gained a lot of knowledge and skills from it, but there are days when I do waste time on it. Does one simple recipe hunt turned into an hour of pinning sound familiar? I think most of us are all way too familiar with the dangers of Pinterest, but I am also here to reveal some of the tremendous benefits of using Pinterest in your homemaking.

Aside from spending way too much time on social media, another danger of using Pinterest is comparing yourself or your life to someone else’s. Most of the pictures and pins you see on Pinterest are perfect looking, and some women seem to have endless amounts of time to make crafts, cook elaborate recipes, and take cute pictures of themselves and their kids. For most of us, our typical life doesn’t look like those pictures. Sure, I can get dressed cute now and then, but most of the time I’m in gym shorts or my pajamas, trying to find a spare second to get a shower. Recipes have to be cheap, simple, and quick for me to attempt to use them, and crafts have to actually serve a purpose within my home for me to do them. So how will Pinterest be at all practically helpful for someone like me?

The trick is for you to use Pinterest, not for Pinterest to use you. Too many times I have come away from browsing pins with the idea that I have to do all the things these pins show in order to be a successful homemaker/mom. But for the most part, that’s not who I am – so I waste time trying to be something I’m not, and wishing I had more money or time to do those things. Pinterest is a tool for you to use, not a mirror to define who you are or who you’re supposed to be.

Since I’ve come to this realization, I (most of the time) only get on Pinterest to look for something specific. I have many boards with many pins, but all of them serve a purpose in one way or another. I don’t save pins unless I intend to use them later. Sure, I do have a board just filled with only funny pins, but that is a great collection of things I know I can go to when I need a good laugh. I don’t save recipes that I can never make just because the picture looks good. I am sure I have probably made at least half of the recipes that I have pinned on Pinterest by now, which I don’t think I could’ve said when I first starting using it.

Pinterest can be a helpful tool to give you ideas and inspiration about things that you’re already interested in and passionate about. If you like sewing, look for free sewing patterns or tips. If you are a teacher, look for free resources and classroom design ideas. Pinterest is also a wonderful way to categorize those ideas and inspiration in a compact way. It’s like having your own personalized online homemaking handbook!

Know or need further ways to use Pinterest to your advantage? Message me in the comments!

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