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10 Ways to Use Pinterest

I said it before, and I believe it: 2012 will be the year of Pinterest.

If you’ve been on the social visual bookmarking site, you know how addicting it can be and how varied the ways you can use it. And if you’re new, maybe you just need a gentle push to get your imagination going.

Either way, don’t fret: Here are some tips on ways you can use the site.

1. Harness Your Inner Tumblog.

Smashed White Bean and Avocado Club

If you missed my last post, you missed some of my favorite Pinterest boards. The reason I mention that is because those boards are focused around a single detail, such as Ben Silberman’s Amper-sandwiches board. Take that to heart and curate specific, honed topics on Pinterest, just like some of the best Tumblogs.

2. Satiate Your Taste Buds by Meal Planning.

As a visual-heavy site, Pinterest lends itself well to food. Follow enough food boards and you’ll find that there’s not enough days in the week to cook all the delicious-looking meals. Take those pins you love, write down the ingredients and get to shopping. The meals won’t cook themselves!

3. Design Your Dream Home.

It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment, condo or home. Plan out the visual style of your home based on color schemes, home furnishings and ideal spaces. Covet that dream kitchen or furnished outdoor space? Well, at least you can have it all on one pinboard.

4. Show Your Style.

From hair styles to makeup to clothing, Pinterest can serve as your virtual closet. Use the site to find new looks and change up your seasonal style. Or prepare your wardrobe for your next night on the town.

5. Craft to Your Heart’s Content.

Mason Jar Shelves

Pins about DIY projects abound on Pinterest, so realize that you’ll spend a lot of time saying “Why didn’t I think of that?” It doesn’t matter that you didn’t think of the idea, grab some supplies and get to crafting.

6. Motivate and Be Fitfluential.

There’s a lot of motivation on the site. From athletes to those who want to eat healthier to those who need an extra push in everyday life, motivation is a key component on pinboards. And maybe you’ll be influential in fitness (fitfluential) to someone.

7. Travel Down Memory Lane.

Everyone gets nostalgic. But you don’t have to limit that to just one moment. Instead, create a board filled with everything you loved from your childhood. Maybe it’s He-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or “Charles in Charge.” Whatever the case, use Pinterest to curate a board dedicated to your inner child.

8. Map Out Your Bucket List.

So what if you’ve never gotten around to writing down that list of everything you want to do before you die. Now you can create it visually. The blog Before I Die seems to be especially helpful.

9. Plan for that Family Expansion.

Are you expecting? Or maybe you’re adding a feline or canine friend to your home. Whatever the case, create a pinboard with ideas for how to handle the new family member. Starving for nursery ideas? You won’t be after a little time on the site.

10. Tap into Your Noggin.

Don’t limit yourself. Pinterest is still relatively new, so use that novelty to experiment and see how you can use the site in new ways. As I was writing this post, I had an idea for a new pinboard. I’ll share it as soon as I complete it.

What creative ways have you seen used on Pinterest?

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