As you probably already know, I LOVE Pinterest! Of all the social media out there, it is my ultimate favorite. I love creating boards and pinning pins to inspire me and through the years that I have been on Pinterest, I have even learned a thing or two.
So today I want to share some of my favorite learnings with you. Clicking on the image should take you to the source. These are in no particular order, but they are all things I found on Pinterest that actually worked.
Like how to pack. I mean, just these few simple tips have helped Keith and I so much. Rolling clothing really is the way to go and I love some of the other tips, like keeping shoes in plastic bags so they don’t soil clothing – I mean, have you ever paid attention to where you shoes have been? Really good tips and it is amazing how much space can be saved by rolling clothing, not to mention how much less wrinkled clothing gets.
Another packing tip I got was to take a picture of all the outfits you can make with the clothing that you pack. I did this when I went on my Viking Cruise last year. This helped me remember what options I had without rummaging through everything trying to figure out what to wear. And, as a bonus, if I would have had issues with lost luggage, I would have a good inventory of what was in my suitcase.
And speaking of clothing, this image of how to fold t-shirts is spot on. I did this first with Keith’s t-shirts and by doing so, I was able to free up a whole row of space in his drawers. Then I did it with mine and did the same thing. So shirts that I had stuffed in another closet (an unfolded and unruly mess) now fit in my drawer. You really can see what you have by folding them this way. And, it is easy to maintain. Since changing over to this we have been able to keep our t-shirts organized and visible at a glance. My next project is to do a similar fold with my jean and shorts drawers. The key is keeping them vertical so you can see what you have.
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I have also learned lots of different ways to wear and tie scarfs through Pinterest. My Mom and my friends have given me some beautiful scarfs over the years and I was always at a loss on how to wear them any other way than just wrapping it around my neck plain and simple. But thanks to Pinterest, I now have lots of options for those pretty scarfs! Oh, and while we are on clothing, here is a favorite trick for boots – use paper towel tubes or cut down fun noodles to keep them standing straight and tall. No more creases in the leather from them constantly flopping over.
I learned how to make slipcovers from Miss Mustard Seed! Her video tutorials made it finally click in my head on the best way to piece together the pieces of fabric. For slipcovers, you don’t get the luxury of a pattern. You have to make one yourself as you go along and this series really helped me understand all of that. I even made my own slipcover for Keith’s chair in the sitting room.
After we did a mini redo in our little bathroom I found a great tip for using old cake plates for storage in the bathroom. The tip showed tiered metal cake plates, but I found this nice small antique glass one while junking with Keith’s cousin and sister in Pennsylvania and it was perfect for holding soap and lotion bottles. I also used an old candy dish for Q-tips and cotton balls. Elevating those items above the counter actually gives me much needed space for when I use my smoothing iron or hair dryer. There is actually room on the counter now!
Another thing I learned on Pinterest was that I can love baskets and bins for storage and organization. I used to hate baskets but now I know how cute they can be while hiding toiletries and other bathroom supplies, like they do here on my shelf above my bathroom door. It all started when I used bins to organize my tiny linen closet. It went from a constant state of disarray to instant order and I have been able to maintain it for over 2 years now. For me, that is a miracle! I also use wire bins to organize magazines, throws, you name it.
Do you know how to fold a fitted sheet? Well, if you don’t, all you need to do is watch this quick little video and you too can fold sheets like a pro. I love how this works, my sheets now do not take up half of the linen closet. Want to know another trick I learned? When you have your set of sheets all folded, tuck them into one of the pillowcases. This keeps them all together and when you need a new set everything will be together in one place. Plus for me, they tuck neatly into my bins and are so easy to grab when I need to change my bed linens.
I also learned a few tricks in the kitchen, too. Like the best way to make a large batch of hard boiled eggs is in the oven, not in a pan on top of the stove. Who knew? And who knew that adding a marshmallow to your brown sugar helps keep it soft? Or that freezing hamburger in plastic bags flat (use a rolling pin to flatten inside your baggie) will help it store better in the freezer and thaw quicker when you need to use it? Keith loves that tip.
And everyone knows how I hate to clean. Well, this is one of the first cleaning tips I found on Pinterest. Usually when I would clean the blades on our ceiling fans there would be dust bunnies everywhere and I would sneeze for hours afterwards. Not anymore! Thanks for making this chore a little easier!
I am sure most of you have heard about the benefits of using vinegar to clean with, but did you know about Hydrogen Peroxide? Not only is it great at getting blood and other stains out of clothing, but it can also whiten whites. And it has many health benefits, too.
I have also found several ways to clean silver easily, without using a ton of elbow grease. There is this way from On Sutton Place and another way that I used that is similar, you add baking soda instead of salt. It seems that vinegar, salt, baking soda and a few other common items clean things a lot better than some expensive chemical versions and are easier, too. I now use vinegar instead of fabric softener (it is wonderful for towels) and I even used vinegar and hot water to clean my carpets with my carpet steamer and it did just as well as that pricy brand name solution, without the chemicals and funky smell.
All in all, I really am amazed at the wealth of information I have found on Pinterest that has made my life easier. And I keep finding more and more each day. I am thankful for all those that share their “secrets” and knowledge with the rest of us so we can benefit, too. And I continue that process by sharing some of my favorite things I have learned with you today. You can find more ideas on many of my Pinterest boards.
What are some of the things you have learned from Pinterest?