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Don’t Be Messy: Keep Your Pinterest Boards Organized With These Tips

Joel Lee 21-03-2014

Pin, pin, pin. That’s what Pinterest is all about. There are a lot of ways to use Pinterest, 5 Surprising Uses For Pinterest You Haven't Thought Of Before Many users tend to limit themselves in how they use the Pinterest: wishlists, tutorials, gift ideas, or some combination of them all. But why stop there? There's more to Pinterest than that. Read More but accumulating thousands of pins may turn into a nightmare if you don’t keep them organized. Fortunately, you won’t need fancy Pinterest tools Make Better Use of Pinterest With These 5 Pinterest Tools Whether you’ve already fallen for Pinterest or not, no one can deny the new network’s popularity. Instead of sharing your thoughts or actions, you get to share beautiful images. Not only that, those images don’t... Read More for that. All you need are Pinterest boards.


It only takes a bit of effort to organize your pins, and the results are worth it. You’ll find pins easier. There will be less clutter, which means more peace of mind as you browse Pinterest. Plus, proper organization will make it easier for others to find and browse your pins, ultimately leading to more Pinterest shares Follow These 5 Tips To Get More Shares For Your Pinterest Images Tired of pinning images that don't receive the attention they deserve? Get people sharing them! Read More for your images.

Stop crippling yourself and take these board organization tips to heart!

Tip #1: Categorizing By Volume


The first step towards organization is categorization. Whether you have 100 pins or 1000 pins, you need to ask yourself one simple question: “What are the topics covered by these pins?” Once you can answer that, start with the largest group and drill down.

Here’s an example. Let’s say you have 1000 pins: 600 pins related to cooking, 300 pins related to fashion, and 100 pins related to gardening. I would start with the cooking pins and divide them into more specific topics: 500 recipe pins and 100 “food porn” pins. Then I’d divide the recipe pins into baking recipes, fish recipes, beef recipes, etc.


When should you stop splitting groups into smaller groups? That’s up to you. My personal preference is to keep boards around 100 pins. Once a board reaches 150 pins, I’ll find a way to split it into two boards of 75 pins each.

Categorizing by volume is a good balance between letting boards grow but preventing them from growing too large. It ensures that you only create new boards when you absolutely need them.

Tip #2: Naming Your Boards


So you’ve looked over your pins and you’ve decided how you want to categorize them. Before you go ahead and create the actual boards, here’s a great tip for naming those boards in a way that will help you stay organized.


Always name your boards in this format: General – Specific. For example, let’s say you have three boards and you’re thinking of titling them as such:

  • Holiday Event Ideas
  • Places to Travel
  • Date Night Ideas

A better way to name those boards would be:

  • Event Ideas – Date Night
  • Event Ideas – Holidays
  • Event Ideas – Travel Spots

Why is this better? For one, it makes it easier for you to sort your boards in alphabetical order, which makes it easier to find the boards you want. It will also make it easier for others to find their way around your boards. But it’ll also come in handy in tip #5 when you need to move pins from board to board.

Tip #3: Always Be Reorganizing



Let’s say you’ve been using boards for a while and they’ve gotten out of hand. Some boards are huge with hundreds or even thousands of pins. Other boards have never breached 25 pins. This is when reorganization comes in.

Like mentioned in tip #1, you should split boards when they’ve grown too big. But along the same lines, you should combine boards when they’re too small. If most of your boards have around 100 pins but two are hovering around 30 pins, go ahead and combine them under a common topic.

If you can’t find a way to combine boards, consider deleting them. If you have a handful of boards that are tiny, haven’t been growing, and can’t be combined with other boards, they’ll just clutter up your space. Of course, if you really need to save those pins for later and you don’t mind the clutter, feel free to keep them.

Tip #4: Pin Once and Only Once



The whole point of categorizing your pins into boards is to make it easier for you (and others) to find your pins. If you pin multiple posts to multiple boards, it may be easier for you to find those pins but you’re also making it harder to find other pins due to the increased volume.

For best organization, make sure each post is pinned to one board. If a pin could fit into multiple boards, choose the one that best represents it. If you’re having a hard time choosing a board, that may be a sign that your boards aren’t categorized well. This would be a good opportunity to consult tip #3 and reorganize your boards.

Tip #5: Repin and Delete


This final tip has to do with the actual act of moving pins between boards. Pinterest doesn’t yet offer a good, clean way to shift pins from one board to another. There’s no autosorting mechanism. You’ll have to do it all by hand.

Fortunately, the process isn’t as painful if you use the repin and delete method.

Go to the board that has the pins you want to move. Repin them to the board you want them moved to (yes, this violates tip #4, but only temporarily). Once you’ve relocated all pins from the board, delete the board. Done!

Remember tip #2 and naming your boards in General – Specific format? That makes the repinning process much easier. When you choose a board for repinning, the list of boards is shown in alphabetical order. With the General – Specific format, you can find the right board right away and save a lot of time.

These tips should go a long way towards keeping your Pinterest boards organized. Do you have any other tricks that you use? Please share them with us in the comments!

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  1. Richard C
    January 15, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    Hi everyone,

    For anyone dealing with the frustration of sorting boards alphabetically I built this chrome extension that helps solve this problem until pinterest decides to incorporate this feature into their website (it's called Pinterest Sort). Feel free to use it to sort your all of your boards alphabetically with just one click. Happy pinning! Oh, and here's a link to it: [No Longer Available]

  2. Anonymous
    April 11, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Also looking for easier ways to reorganize using mobile devices. Most of reorganizing has to be done on PC

  3. Bobbie T
    March 23, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I'm still waiting for Pinterest to come up with a way we can reorganize the pins within a board. That would help a lot!!

    • Joel L
      March 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      That would definitely help a lot. :)

  4. Andi
    March 21, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    #5 - If you repin everything you might end up spamming your followers with a ton of pins they've already seen. It's cleaner to just edit each pin (click on the little pencil icon) and change the board.

    • Joel L
      March 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      That's a good point that I missed. Thanks for bringing it up!