Downsizing update and how to use Instagram like Pinterest

It’s over. We have now officially downsized and are living in our new apartment. The location is fabulous and we love being so close to everything. I had hoped to post before now but frankly, I have been a bit overwhelmed. There have also been internet problems…as in we had it, lost it, had it, lost it (you get the point).

Looking back, it’s really been a wild six months. It was January 1st that we made the radical decision to sell our large family home and move into a 1,100 sq. ft apartment that is within walking distance to my husband’s job. Thirty five years worth of collecting, inheriting and accumulating had to be dealt with in less than four months. 

We are far from settled and we still have a full storage locker to deal with, but right now I am focusing on trying to make our small white box feel like home. There are so many challenges, one of which is that our furniture is really not appropriate for the space. It’s the wrong scale and when your living room, dining room and kitchen are all one room, things need to work together and what we currently own falls short. Buying all new is not an option so I am doing my best to figure it all out creatively. I will share photos of our new space as soon as it gets out of the “hot mess” state.

Having finally arrived on the other side of the downsizing process I can report that we are slowly adjusting to our “new normal” and I can once again focus on my blog and design business.

Today I want to share with you a new feature that Instagram recently implemented. IG has now made it easy to save photos and keep them in inspiration folders similar to Pinterest and Houzz. This is how it works.

OPTION #1. If you want to save a photo, simply tap your finger on the inverted flag on the bottom right of the photo you wish to save. 

House Beautiful IG photo

The image will then be saved into a collection of all other images you choose to save. They will be saved in the order in which you saved them. To see all your saved photos simply go to your own profile page and touch the inverted flag.

My saved images on my Instagram

OPTION #2. If you would rather be more organized and have your saved photos in style specific folders then you can do that too. Simply hold your finger on the same upside down flag for 2-3 seconds.  A window will appear with a Plus symbol in the upper right. Just hit the + symbol and give your folder any name you choose. 

My Folders on Instagram

You can set up as many folders as you like and save the image in the appropriate folder. This is so handy for finding inspiration photos later. I have only recently started saving images now that the craziness of the move is behind me. I need to start a folder for small living because once we are a bit more organized it’s time to start getting creative with design.

 I hope you found this helpful. Did you know about this new IG feature?



17 Responses to Downsizing update and how to use Instagram like Pinterest
  1. Darla Powell Reply

    Glad you’re back! I missed your blog.
    I did not know that about Instagram. Great tip. 🙂

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank you so much Darla. I’m glad the IG tip was helpful and I so appreciate your kind comment about my blog.

  2. Sally Reply

    Thank you for the info. No, I did not know about this tip. I usually take screen shots and then transfer to my various Pinterest catagories. I think I will try this option. Unfortunately, in my case, there is no guarantee that I will be successful. Ha! But, I will “give it a whirl,” as my mom used to say! Thanks, again, for letting your readers know about this option.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Hi Sally, the IG folders will be so much easier that doing a screen shot and then saving to Pinterest. I just love this new feature and was happy to share!

  3. lisa Reply

    Linnnnndaaaa!!! so happy to hear you love your location and being able to walk to lots of places! sending wonderful vibes your way for continued fun adventuring! we downsized too. i get it. and YES, i LOVE the new folder save feature on IG! i make one for each art commission client–they tell me which images of mine they like, and it is so easy to drop them in. AND, i was THRILLED to see that you have saved one of my paintings in your folder! truly honoured. i hope to paint for you one day soon!. love all your insightful posts, fun writing style, great photos! sending hugsnlove

    • Linda Holt Reply

      You are so kind Lisa, thank you for the good thoughts. You know I am a big fan of your work and hope too to have a project where I can use your gorgeous work. xoxo

  4. Veronica D Reply

    I’m so happy for you and I can’t wait to see pictures of your new place.
    I don’t have an IG account yet I’m afraid I’ll never leave my computer if I open one haha, but thanks for the tips they are always handy.
    I’m very excited for the changes in your life, thanks for sharing!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thank Veronica, it certainly is a big change indeed. I am so impatient and want to be completely done and decorated ASAP but I know it will take time. Right now we are still unpacking. Also, I want to tell you that the beauty of Instagram is that it’s a phone app, not on the computer. As a visual person you would love it!

  5. Deborah Main Reply

    Welcome to the other side of selling your home and moving to an apt!!! I can only imagine how overwhelming it must have been and still is. But im glad to hear you’re settling in. And your life would be boring if you didn’t have the creative challenge of figuring out your new furniture options, right? It’s amazing what you can score cheap on Craig’s list, vintage shops, flea markets. Cant wait to see pics!!

    And thank you!! I now understand what to do with that little flag on Instagram. I’ve always hated I couldn’t save pics, so I love this new feature. I just followed your simple instructions and voila, I have saved folders. So no, didnt know about it and yes, your info was super helpful. One more thing I’d love to learn how to do on Insta is create a short video.

    Thx so much and wishing you all the best in your new life. We are just starting the 33 yr old life culling of our home so that we can rent it out and travel….someday. Happy Summer and talk soon!! xo 😎

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Deborah! At the moment it’s the lack of closet space that is our biggest challenge. Once that is solved I will focus on ‘decorating’. You are smart to start decluttering sooner rather than later. The more time you allow yourself to do the process, the less stress it will be. Good luck!

  6. Mira Reply

    First, so happy to know that you are exactly where you are! (Is there any other place to be???😊) also I know what you mean about the furniture. I am sure once you are there a while and have a feel for the space you are in you will figure out the best solution for you. And your tutorial is once again very welcomed so thank you! Hope to see you soon!!!❤️😊

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Mira. As soon as we are a bit more unpacked I’ll have you over. At this point it is like trying to make a bunch of square pegs fit into round holes.

  7. Carla Aston Reply

    Very cool. Didn’t know that feature. Congrats on the move! Can’t wait to see more about your new place.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Carla, It’s a pretty basic apartment with dated finishes and a yellow/white wall color I can’t change. Definitely going to be a challenge!

  8. debra Reply

    Thanks, Linda! A great tip!! Being organized always feels good!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      It sure does! Now if I can only get our new apartment organized!

  9. Deborah von Donop Reply

    Wow, you have your finger on the pulse. Thank you for sharing. So excited for your next chapter. Congratulations on the downsizing.

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