For those who have no idea what Pinterest is I’ll give you a brief rundown; it’s Facebook for girls…Okay, not really (but it kinda is)... It’s a virtual pinboard on the internet where you can create boards and pin your favourite inspiration in the form of images.
Okay, I’m going to start this blog by saying I LOVE Pinterest. I love that it’s a better time waster than Facebook. I love that it gives me ideas for crafts. I love that I can leave a Pinterest session with newfound inspiration and creative appreciation. I love that I can learn more about my friends’ décor styles, art appreciation, wedding ideas and foodspiration. I love that it’s visually easy to use and not too visually busy. I love that it has anything and everything I could ever want or desire to search. I love it.
But seriously, how far is too far? And what are the side effects of a Pinterest obsession?
So I present to you…
11 PROBLEMS EVERY PINTEREST-OBSESSED PERSON (GIRL) CAN RELATE TO:
First of all, there are the board names: One Day, Now I Need a Groom, Maybe Baby, I Do, My Future Wedding, Happily Ever After, Dream Wedding, Down The Isle, Big Day, True Love, If He Ever Asks… the list goes on. And don’t worry girls, I know your secrets, just because I can’t see your wedding board on your public Pinterest profile, it probably just means you’ve made the board private so nobody can know about your secret obsession.
2. The Pinterest ‘Rules’
So there are no actual Pinterest rules, but the reality is, we all have an idea of what proper Pinterest ‘etiquette’ is. Is it okay to consecutively post 10 photos from one friend's ‘Style Me’ board onto our own? Will she care? Or should it just be limited to 3 re-pins per day? Do you need to rename your friends' pins when you re-pin them onto your own board? Do I have to follow back my friend that just started following me? I mean it’s cool that she likes what I pin, but the reality is I don't like what she pins… she likes modern chic home décor, but I like rustic vintage…These are the questions one might ask herself during your average Pinterest session. Ridiculous, I know. Who made up these ‘rules’ anyway!?
The inability to sleep at night because you keep clicking ‘see more pins’…just one more time.
4. You’ve never looked at a Mason jar the same since Pinterest came into your life
Who would’ve thought there were so many different uses for Mason jars? Not me! I love them! Have some jars lying around your house? Make an indoor herb garden! Need to de-clutter your bathroom? Organise your make up brushes, toothbrushes and cotton balls into jars! Don't have a vase for that beautiful bouquet of flowers you were given (because that happens everyday)? Decorate a glass jar with burlap, lace and brown string! I literally have 46 pins on my ‘Glass Jar Ideas’ board, and each pin represents a different use for the magic that is a glass jar.
5. You completely understand the feelings of a Pinterest DIY fail
No matter how many times you’ve tried, you just can’t get your projects to mirror the perfection that is portrayed on Pinterest.
6. Your home/rooms have started to feel inadequate
The modern minimalist home décor pins begin to cloud your vision of what is realistic for a bedroom to be actually lived in. I mean, lets be honest, it’s not realistic to live in a bedroom where all you have is a bed, free-hanging light bulb, and a stack of books next to your bed (that you totally read every night…). Where do you even store your clothes?
7. You’ve pinned way too many sock buns and top knots
Yet we still struggle to achieve the perfect hairstyle without it taking 1 hour. How do they get their top knots looking so perfect on Pinterest!? That shall forever be a mystery.
8. If you can’t find inspiration from Kayla Itsines, you spend time creating a Pinterest board with motivational quotes and multiple exercise ideas for that toned and lean stomach you’ve been wanting all year, yet all the while you could’ve been using that time to actually get off your couch and go to the gym.
9. No matter how hard you try, you’ve never felt like you’ve ‘hacked’ life enough. There is always something else on Pinterest that will make your life one step easier.
Need to spray paint a frame without getting paint everywhere? Put it in a cardboard box! Broken zipper on your jeans? Put a key chain ring through the zip and hook it onto the button! Need to get labels off glass bottles? Put them in the sink with baking powder, vinegar, dish soap and hot water, and boom! Seriously, the list doesn’t end.
10. Pinjà vu
The feeling that you’ve pinned something before.
11. You’ve downloaded the Pinterest extension on Google Chrome. Now you can literally pin any image that appears on the internet…
Literally anything that you see, any bright idea, any cool outfit, any great photo... they can all be pinned to your Pinterest board by the simple click of a button. Pinterest isn't just a website, it’s a part of your life.