Pinterest: Virtual hoarding? Harmless fun?

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Pinterest: Virtual hoarding? Harmless fun?

Clutter & Hoarding / Pinterest is just virtual hoarding.

What do you think? Is it a hoarding obsession? Is it a way to live virtual lives which ultimately make us less happy/satisfied with out own lives (aka I have seen people who post photos of these amazing GIGANTIC dream houses/reading nooks/1000 SF kitchens etc who live on a teachers salary or military salary). The "thinspiration" theme is rampant, yet statistically we are obese as a nation.

Thoughts? I admit to enjoying pinterest and have gotten some great ideas from it ~ everything from how to hang our christmas cards this year to my actual christmas card shot with the kids. I guess I struggle with it myself ~ like, feeling like it could be a vehicle to making other Mom's feel bad (Oh, you aren't making 3000 step ridiculous super duper special cookies? Bad mom Wink ~ or that it is a vehicle to ultimately lead to less satisfaction with ones own life, or own reality, as we "pin" these bodies that we will probably never have, these homes we will almost certainly never own, etc etc.

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I think it's like anything else - it depends on how much you are on it, how seriously you take it, things like that. I check out Pinterest sometimes, and I admit that my first reaction is more "Are there people who actually have the time and energy to make their own soap? Is that something I should be aspiring to?" But then I think that comes back to your own feelings about yourself. Like, if I know that I'm doing the best I can, then I shouldn't be bothered if other moms are making organic cleaning products and adorable desserts on the daily while I can barely keep up with the laundry. LOL

I do like the recipes. Not that I always have time to cook them, but it's nice to get ideas.

I'm sure there are people who take it too far and live some sort of fantasy life on their Pinterest pages. I'm not on it enough to get in that deep, I guess.

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I agree with Alissa. I think for some people it is too much and I think it is about knowing your limits. I post things "to do" that I feel I'm actually capable of trying. I don't feel obligated to do it but that it is there if I'm looking for a craft to do with my kids or a new dessert to try or something. I do post things for the house and many times the picture is this gigantic room and I'm saving it for the paint color or something lol.

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I love Pinterest. It has been like going to culinary school for me. When I was in high school my mother and father worked second shift and I went to school during the day and hung out with friends on the weekend. I was not with my mother enough for her to teach me to cook. Then straight from HS I went to college 750 miles away and got married 3 weeks after graduation. We could not afford to go out to eat, so it was a learn to cook or starve situation. No joke, I was not even sure how to boil water to make spaghetti. Pinterest has been so great for teaching me to cook, and other household things that I never had the opportunity to learn. I also am home alone all with my kids all day, and I think it is a productive way to better myself. (Better than watching soap operas) I have learned to cook (from the internet in general, not just Pinterest), learned to garden, and much more. It is also great for homeschooling. Tons of resources.

I was just recently at a Christmas party with someone who works outside the home who told me that she would not get on Pinterst because it made her feel inferior as a woman, because she did not have the time or skills to make all kinds of crafts. So I agree it is not for everyone and you just have to know yourself and your boundaries.

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Love pinterest! Spend way to much time on there. I could see how it may make people feel inferior, but if you have a healthy self worth it is not going to change it.

I love the recipes I find on there and the ideas for things like crafts.

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Love pinterest! Spend way to much time on there. I could see how it may make people feel inferior, but if you have a healthy self worth it is not going to change it.

I love the recipes I find on there and the ideas for things like crafts.

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I like pinterest, I like being able to store ideas for later on without 5 million bookmarks on my computer. I like the ideas and poin them as I see them then go back when I need something. I love those multi million dollar homes and don't feel inferior with my run down old style home, I like to look at ideas and see if I could make them work somehow in my house on a smaller, cheaper scale.

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I think it's just harmless fun. I see people who have boards about vacations, dream homes, etc., and it just seems to be about fun, harmless fantasizing.

I myself LOVE Pinterest. I have used so many recipes, discovered a lot of great food blogs, and learned a great deal about healthy baking from it.

Like anything, it's all about how you use it.

(in the spirit of things: floobish (floobish) on Pinterest)

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Not to sidetrack but since Laurie did it and I love to follow others my pinterest is mom2eaocpo

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I adore Pinterest and we've had many yummy dinners thanks to some recipes I've pinned. It inspires me to be a tad more crafty and creative (okay, I'm really just a copy-cat but I feel crafty and creative, lol). I even made my girls' teachers' Christmas gifts this year and was extremely proud of myself!

I maintain my boards pretty good though. I only pin things I'd actually do/make (no fantasy BS on my boards) and delete things that tasted gross or I sucked at making. I think Pinterest is pretty awesome!

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Same here...I have a food I want to make board and if I make it and we like it enough to make it again it gets categorized into the type of food it is (desserts, main dish, sides etc.) so I can access it quickly. I am also one that is not crafty on my own and I like to get ideas. I did a few holiday ones that were easy but I never thought of doing (making my fridge into a snowman for one!)

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I am organized too. Things I want to make, then the good ones get moved to another board after I make them. I don't cook, I bake, so that helps. I have a board for things July husband should cook as well, and some other fun ones.

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"Alana*sMommy" wrote:

I adore Pinterest and we've had many yummy dinners thanks to some recipes I've pinned. It inspires me to be a tad more crafty and creative (okay, I'm really just a copy-cat but I feel crafty and creative, lol). I even made my girls' teachers' Christmas gifts this year and was extremely proud of myself!

I maintain my boards pretty good though. I only pin things I'd actually do/make (no fantasy BS on my boards) and delete things that tasted gross or I sucked at making. I think Pinterest is pretty awesome!

I also delete things that did not turn out well, and do not pin things that I think are above my realistic abilities.

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I think my favorite FB "poster" is the one that says something like "All these women are making soap and reindeer shaped treats, and I'm like, I took a shower and kept the kids alive." That about sums up Pinterest for me. Smile

I don't spend much time there, as a function of time I just can't do crafts and creativity that like. However, we've gotten a few good ideas when looking for something specific (ie how to organize a laundry room when you have 5 kidlets!) And some good recipes, again when looking for something specific.

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I love Pinterest! I got a cute haircut idea (searched "short haircut"), lots of recipes, gift ideas, Fall and Christmas decor. But, yeah, I often wonder when people find the time to DO all this stuff!! I have to remind myself (especially with blogs) that people are usually just doing a few things - like cleaning/making cute treats or refurbishing furniture/decorating or exercising or reading. They're probably not doing ALL of the above.

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"b525" wrote:

I love Pinterest! I got a cute haircut idea (searched "short haircut"), lots of recipes, gift ideas, Fall and Christmas decor. But, yeah, I often wonder when people find the time to DO all this stuff!! I have to remind myself (especially with blogs) that people are usually just doing a few things - like cleaning/making cute treats or refurbishing furniture/decorating or exercising or reading. They're probably not doing ALL of the above.

The only person doing it all is Ree Drummond. That woman must have a crack addiction and stay up all day to get done what she gets done Wink

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I am totally with Audra on this. I love to cook and I'm pretty into certain crafty things, but I just simply don't have the time for pinterest and quite frankly, I don't really care too much what other moms are into. I find my recipes in my tried and true cookbooks or magazines. I work 45 hrs a week and I'm took busy with the kids the other 4 hours I have with them each day (which isn't much and freaking SUCKS). Maybe I would love pinterest if I had the time, but I just simply don't.

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"ClairesMommy" wrote:

I am totally with Audra on this. I love to cook and I'm pretty into certain crafty things, but I just simply don't have the time for pinterest and quite frankly, I don't really care too much what other moms are into. I find my recipes in my tried and true cookbooks or magazines. I work 45 hrs a week and I'm took busy with the kids the other 4 hours I have with them each day (which isn't much and freaking SUCKS). Maybe I would love pinterest if I had the time, but I just simply don't.

I started enjoying it more when I stopped following other moms and started following magazines and things I liked (like Etsy, or clean eating, or authors or fitness magazines or things like that ~ I found that it gave me a lot more on point tips and was less of a time drain or eye rolling kind of thing Lol

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Yeah, I'm not interested in crafts or decor or things like that, for me it's all about BAKING! I have found such fantastic recipes, and my blog is all about trying them out to see how they work. I have a lot of fun. I don't like cookbooks because you can't read reviews to see what went wrong or right for other people, what they tried, etc. I learn a lot from people's comments and reviews, I discover amazing food blogs. We have a bake-off at work every year and I used a recipe from someone's blog that I found on Pinterest and came in 2nd! I get recipes for my husband to make for dinner too. (I use foodgawker for that as well.)

I also have a board for books I love and for pop culture fun, and for some fun things I'd love to have in my house but will never get because they're frivolous and I don't really need them (like a Spock cookie jar), but they're fun to look at.

I don't care what other moms are doing to make their lives perfect though.....we are a crazy household of imperfections and that's how we seem to like it.

I get SO excited about the recipes though. All the Christmas cookies I made were from Pinterest, the quick breads, the healthy muffins I make to have for breakfast every day, etc. So fun. I bake 4-5 times a week so it's a great resource. Also when I am making someone a birthday treat they go to my Pinterest boards to pick something out.

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"Potter75" wrote:

I started enjoying it more when I stopped following other moms and started following magazines and things I liked (like Etsy, or clean eating, or authors or fitness magazines or things like that ~ I found that it gave me a lot more on point tips and was less of a time drain or eye rolling kind of thing Lol

I love Etsy too. I just bought a lovely necklace on there. Feels good paying a person, not a huge corporation. IDK. Again, I think if I had some time to investigate pinterest I'd maybe like it. Maybe not. A couple of my friends are totally into it but I just lack the desire to find out what they're loving. I know that's kind of cold-ish, but that's just me.

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I have only bought a few things on Etsy but I loved the things I got (which were gifts) and I loved buying them directly from the artists who made them.

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"freddieflounder101" wrote:

I have only bought a few things on Etsy but I loved the things I got (which were gifts) and I loved buying them directly from the artists who made them.

My Aunt makes gorgeous quilts and sells them on Etsy. She has recently started making American Girl doll clothes too. If anyone needs a quilt search for Fay Howell.

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I love Etsy. I have bought a few earrings from there since within the last year I have been really into wearing earrings... My ears have been pierced since I was 9 months old and this is really the first time I'm wearing earrings on a regular basis, lol! Anyway, I have a pinterest account but I rarely get on it. I find myself becoming overwhelmed with ideas and I already have adult adhd so it really is just too much for me at one time.

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I bought all my nieces and nephews presents from Etsy, I loved the personalized service I get from the people on there.

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I will say that I also loved pinterest this Christmas ~ it was fun snooping friends boards and buying them things that I found pinned on their boards (again, mostly from etsy). An easy way to know what people like/want Wink

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Today I made healthy delicious carrot spice muffins I found on Pinterest. Yesterday I made my 2nd-place-winning Toffee Vanilla Cake for our family for New Year's Eve dinner. The day before I made baked apple cider donuts.

Also I use Pinterest to STORE my recipes no matter where I find them, so much easier than bookmarking sites or printing them up. That's the best part. I find things in other places but once I pin them, I can always find them again.