How to Organize Your Pinterest Boards

I recently posted a guide on how to use Pinterest for absolute beginners. If you’ve been using Pinterest for a while, the this post about how to organize your Pinboards is for you!

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Why You Should Organize Your Pinterest Pinboards?

First thing first, why should you even care if your pinboards are organized?

First, it helps you to be able to find what you have pinned. If you just pin everything to one or two huge boards, it’s very tough to go back and find something specific. After all the point of Pinterest is to inspire you to actually do, make, and try things you find there. (Yes, I forget that sometimes, too).

Second, if you name your boards well, it will really help you to be able to pin to correct board more quickly and easily. (I’ll explain more about this later.)

Third, by organizing your boards, you will really help others to find you, your boards, and your pins. This is especially important if you are intentionally trying to grow your Pinterest followers, but even if you don’t care much about that, it’s still doesn’t hurt to make it easier for everyone on Pinterest to find what they are looking for.

Pinboard Organization Strategy

Now that we covered the why, let’s talk about the strategy for organizing your boards. How should you title them? How many should you have? Should you have large, broad categories (like “Recipes”) or more specific categories (like “Chicken Recipes”). Last, I’ll cover the actual mechanics of how to go about creating boards, renaming boards, deleting pins, and moving pins, so don’t worry about that yet.

  1. Determine the broad categories of things you pin, and write them all down. Here’s mine: Home, Recipes, Planners & Printables, Books, Baby/Kids, Books, Completed Pins, DIY, Fashion, Graphic Design, Healthy Living, Holidays, Photography, Quotes, and Tips and Tricks.
  2. Now that you have all your broad categories, decide where you’d like to break some of those categories down into more specific boards. If you pin tons of things in one category, it probably makes sense to break it down some. For example, I love to cook and bake and pin tons of recipes. Therefore, I’ve broken my recipes down into healthy, dessert, tried and true, chicken, chocolate, cupcakes, general, and lemon. However, I’m not all that into to fashion and clothes so I just have one general fashion board. If you’re really into fashion, you’d probably want to break your fashion category into several different segments (work outfits, casual outfits, dressy outfits, etc.)
  3. Do not fear having too many boards. There’s no limit, and I have seen people with tons. If you really have a lot of pins, it really does make a lot of sense to have a lot of boards.
  4. This step is key for me! If you have quite a few boards you’ll want to find them easily when you’re pinning. When you pin, your board selections appear with the board you last pinned to first, followed by all your other boards in alphabetical order. (Note: The way your boards are arranged under your profile has nothing to do with the order they appear in this dropdown menu when pinning. This dropdown will always be in alphabetical order.) Therefore, you should name your boards by starting with the broad category, then putting a separator like dash, period, or parentheses, followed by the more specific category. For example, my board for chocolate recipes is named “Recipes – Chocolate” and NOT “Chocolate Recipes.” See the picture below. Capture
  5. Create new boards as needed and rename existing boards as needed, and start pinning to the correct boards from this point forward. I would strongly encourage not too worry too much about reorganizing pins you already have. Choose how you want to organize things from this point forward, and it’s okay if you never go back and “fix” the things you’ve already pinned. You will be so much better off if you just start now.

    Logistics of How to Arrange Your Boards and Pins

  • You can create new pinboards like I showed you in this post.
  • You can rename existing pinboards. To do so, click on your name in the upper right corner to see all your boards. Click on the board you want to rename. Then click on “Edit Board” below the title. There you can change the title and the description. Capture
  • From what I understand, if someone has followed you and you create a new board, they are following that board as well.
  • You can move a pin, although it’s cumbersome. Go to the pin and hover your mouse over it, and then click the “edit” button. Capture3
    You’ll come to a screen like this where you can change the board that it is pinned to:

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After changing the board, make sure you click on “Save Pin.”

  • If you delete a pin altogether, it will still be there on the boards of those who repinned it. You won’t mess anything up for them.
  • I mentioned this earlier but the set up of your boards on your profile defaults to the order they were created, I believe. You can rearrange these boards however you would like. I arranged mine mostly in alphabetical order, except my most popular boards are at the very top and my group boards are at the bottom.
    Here some examples of pinners with well organized boards for inspiration:

Yours Truly

    – Obviously, I followed my own rules.

Amanda Fles

    – I really like how she has named many of her boards with a major category and a subcategory.

Beverly Berthold

    – She is really, really into rubber stamping and card making, so she has tons of boards with card examples. I like how she started each of those boards with a number (01 through 22). That’s another way to control how how they show up in the dropdown menu when you pin.

Hope that gives you some organizing ideas. Leave your questions or pinboard organizing ideas in the comments below, and pin this post to your newly organized boards if you found it helpful.

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Comments

  1. I LOVE the sub-categorizing! I haven’t done much on Pinterest, but I am quickly getting addicted, and these points will save me brain damage, yay! Thank you!

    (p.s. just stopping by from SITSGirls :) )

  2. Very nice how-to! Thanks for posting. Stopping by from SITS! :)

  3. I LOVE pinterest. If it weren’t for pinterest, my family wouldn’t eat. I get sooooo many recipes off of it!! I reorganized my pinterest board a couple weeks ago! I felt so much better afterwards!!! Stopping by from SITS! Have an awesome Saturday!!!

  4. Love it! We are obsessed with Pinterest, and this is so helpful! Stopping by from SITS Sharefest on Twitter.-The Dose Girls

  5. Saying hi from SITS saturday sharefest. Great tips – thanks for sharing!!!

  6. Great tips!! And thx for the easy-to-follow instructions. I became addicted to Pinterest a few months ago but lately I’ve been overwhelmed by it. It might be because my boards aren’t well organized. They’ve become to big and cluttered. I’ll use your organizing strategy and see what happens. BTW Happy Sharefest!!! :)

  7. Great post. I’m always organizing my boards and I’ve got some private ones on there too.

  8. Happy Saturday! Your blog is awesome! I too am an addict of Pinterest and love my life organized and tidy! Thank you for the great tips!

    Happy Sharefest!

    Cathy
    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/

  9. Man I need to organize my home first!

    stopping by after missing the FNL last week.

  10. I love this. I think I really need to break down and organize my Pinterest boards.

  11. Love Pinterest! Can’t wait to try out these tips to get my boards organized!

  12. I so wish this is the system I had used. It makes so much sense.

  13. when i look at my boards, i say i need to organize these stuff.. i will do them later. thanks for such a great tip!!

  14. Great idea! I am just not on top of it when it comes to pinterest. Its the last thing I check.

    trisha

  15. I love these tips. Half the time I pin something and can’t find it again.

  16. OMG…perfect timing! I desperately need to reorganize my boards. I love the sub-categories, that’s exactly what I need. I am so glad you explained how to re-name a board, I could not figure out how to do that :) I am “pinning” for future reference!!!

  17. anna ward says:

    omg, thank you so much for that. that’s pretty much how I have my boards but some of my more general boards need more subcategorising. I was just thinking about it this morning and then came across your pin. your instructions were simple and concise. awesome work!

  18. Judy desetti says:

    I want to regroup, reorganize the pins on a board so they are grouped together. How can I do this? I have lots of boards for groups and subgroups but want to move the pins around on the board rather than repin then delete pins. HELP!!

    • I don’t think there is a way to reorder pins within a board.

    • Unfortunately, there’s not a way to do this! You can’t change the order of pins. You could further categorize your boards into more boards. That’s basically what I do. For example, when my recipes board got too full, I subdivided into types of recipes. However, the process of moving pins to the new board isn’t all that quick.

  19. I thought I’d be able to figure it out pretty easily on my own, but the whole setup is a little more complicated than I had expected. Thanks for this tutorial!

    -Adam

  20. Thanks so much for posting “How to Organize your Boards and Pins” I was sorely in need of the instructions !! I Love Pinterest !!

  21. My concern is that my drop down menu is not alphabetic. The first 9 are all mixed up and the 10th begins the alphabetizing. Also I tried to alpha my boards today and when I went out of pintrest and can back they had gone back their non-alpha state. There was some kind of shutdown/trouble on social media on New Years day and it is still messed up. I tried to contact Pintrest and had no success.
    Thank you for suggestions in the article. Dana Goertzen

  22. Thank you for this thought out article. I am horrible at organization and need all the help I can get. I just started trying to organize my Pinterest acct better. This will really come in handy. Shared with my other blogging buddies. God Bless! PS. My pinterest is http://www.pinterest.com/philanthropicHR

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