I’ll admit it: I’m a big Pinterest fan! Because I signed up around the time I was in the process of moving to a new residence (from a one-bedroom duplex to a two-house lot with spacious outside areas and a garage), all the DIY and home and garden topics were immediately relevant and useful. Not to mention it was an inviting place to escape to when the more tiresome details of finance and packing overwhelmed.

I now use homemade deodorant made from a recipe via a Pinterest pin, a homemade cleaning solution for the bathroom, and have made a number of batches of basil pesto. I plan to freeze more basil in olive oil and make sage pesto with the beautiful sages planted in my front yard. (OK, so pesto is somewhat of a theme here—especially if you add delectably mellow olive oil to garden-fresh herbs….)

I need to figure out a good way to hang towels in my small bathroom and select curtains for the windows—inexpensively.

And, there are all sorts of ideas for repurposing various objects. These dressers drawers made into shelves recently caught my eye for a blank wall in the bedroom.

The bigger projects—like remodeling the back house—have been put on hold for the time being. But, meanwhile, I can continue to pin!

I do wish there were good sources of pinnable pictures showing ideas and styles from other cultures—for example, I would like to be reminded of the much simpler ways so many people live, as an antidote to viewing only glossy magazine western consumerist (but-oh-so-tempting) kitchen designs.

Are you a “pinner”? What are some of your favorite ways to use Pinterest?


  1. Nim says:

    Oh yeah! I love pinning lately. I’ve got a fun board I call “politicogarden”, where I pin subversive gardening ideas like *gasp* a garden instead of a yard! _what??_ Oh yeah, and recycling zany things into yard art, reusing pallets (hence a board named “a soft pallet”, how droll!), and all sorts of stuff I’m sure my neighbors will hate seeing. 😉

    I’ve got plenty of your images there, too!

    • Treechild says:

      I’ll enjoy going through your boards to see the ideas you found! I’ve also been intrigued by all the different possibilities for reusing pallets. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Joyness Sparkles says:

    I love Pinterest too! I love it most for the recipes and have an on-going recipe board.

    Great post! 🙂

    • Treechild says:

      Yes, it is an excellent tool for organizing recipes and having them at your fingertips. You can even leave comments on your own pins when you try something so you (and others) know if it is a keeper and something you would make again. Thanks for writing!

  3. Scott James says:

    Treechild, we’d love you to stop by our boards ( where we are testing out content for our new mobile app called Trash Backwards. It’s about helping citizens and local businesses rethink their trash to find reuse, upcycle, and repurpose solutions for their stuff.

    Would love your constructive criticism and participation in making this a great online tool for folks to use!

    • Treechild says:

      Thank you for commenting here and letting us know about the app you are developing–a great idea! I’m now following you on Pinterest.

  4. Rena says:

    I have a very small bathroom as well. What we use is something from the dollar store. Its a plastic accordion type coat hanger but we use it for towels.

    Here is a link to what it looks like:

    That link is for a wooden one but I use a plastic one.

  5. kate says:

    This is a cute way to hang laundry in a small space.

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