Pinteresting My Way To Christmas

Missuswolf Christmas Table Decorations - cinnamon sticks, wreath,

Friday 21st October 2016

What better way to get organised for Christmas

than by using Pinterest?

For those of you who know me, I’m a complete and utter planner who loves lists and a good old spreadsheet.

I have a Christmas Spreadsheet (don’t laugh) which lists all people I need to buy for. It then has what I’m buying them, from where, how much, when I’ve ordered it and when it’s been delivered.

There’s also a box to complete to say I’ve wrapped it.

Yup.

Each year, the same template is used and the content is deleted. I also have a spreadsheet for my Christmas savings. I try to save £20 a month to contribute to Christmas – so come December there’s a handy £240. I copied this idea from a very good friend. (Although this year the saving hasn’t been quite as good with me being off on maternity. Ooops).

What does all this have to do

with Pinterest?

Well, my friends, I’ll tell you.

This year, I’ve created a few Pinterest Boards to do with Christmas.

The first one being Christmas Presents To Buy.

How does it work?

I go on the internet to browse for a particular present. I find it and I Pin this to my Christmas Presents To Buy Board. I make a note in the description area of who it’s for.

If the website doesn’t have the Pinterest sharing facility, I usually save the image and Pin it. I then copy the website link to my saved Pin (if there’s an easier way than this please let me know!)

Missuswolf Pinterest to Christmas - example of Christmas Pinterest Board

I’m not that organised – only got two presents on so far! But you get the idea.

That way, I’ve got the image of what I want to buy and the link to the website.

Missuswolf Pinterest example of Christmas Present to buy on Pin Board - Elsa DollTada!

This is so that when it comes to ordering, all the presents are listed in one area. With the link at my fingertips.

No need for my spreadsheet (sob!) I’m sure I’ll still use it. Even if it’s for the satisfaction of ticking things off.

So while I’m in the ideas gathering stage, I can pool everything in one place.

It means I can spread the present buying out.

I usually do it all online anyway. I’m a bit of a Shopping Scrooge and can’t handle the Christmas Crowds. Much rather sit at home. I don’t think it’s appropriate to venture into shops in my PJ’s while drinking Baileys or Mulled Wine anyway.

And if you don’t want everyone seeing what you’re buying (in-case you’re followed by who you’re buying for) you can mark the board secret.

Hurrah!

I’m going to apply the same principle while shopping for a Christmas Party Outfit.

And for any presents that I want. Although I may make this board public in-case anyone wants to buy me one ;-).

I used Pinterest a couple of years ago to source ideas to make my Christmas table decorations.

 

Missuswolf Christmas Table decorations

Missuswolf Pinterest Christmas Table Napkin decorations

Missuswolf Christmas Table Decoration set up for Christmas

The lovely Samantha Rickelton over at North East Family Fun has set up a board called North East Parents for any days out/activities and family ideas. I’m going to keep my eye on this one for any Christmas themed posts coming up too! You can follow this here.

Happy Pinning!

Love Missuswolf xxx

 

 

4 comments

  1. Laura says:

    Gemma this is an AMAZING idea! I keep seeing things on Pinterest that I want to buy people for Christmas and then I sit there thinking oh my life what was it! Amazing! I’m
    Setting up a board now!!!

    PS table decorations look beautiful!!

    Laura xx
    elleblonde.com

    • Gemma Wilford says:

      Thanks lovely. It’s so good to use for planning things. The table decorations were made a couple of years ago and I just keep getting them out every year. Until I find time to make new ones again – which may be never haha. Have fun! Xx

  2. Sam | North East Family Fun says:

    How useful is Pinterest man! We use it for loads of things – when we were looking for a new car I even set up a ‘New Car Board’ and used to pin any good deals I spotted to come back to later.

    I’m determined to actually make some of the things I pin on Pinterest this year……

    • Gemma Wilford says:

      It’s so good isn’t it! You can organise your whole life using it. Half the battle is finding the time to make stuff though. I upcycled a couple of mirrors for the house using it. That was a couple of years ago though when I obviously had too much time on my hands!

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