How to Organise your Life using Instagram

How to Use Instagram to Organise Your Life - The Cardiff Cwtch

Okay, I know, I know!  You’re looking for more reasons to step away from Instagram – not towards it.  But hear me out.  If you’re like me (i.e. OBSESSED) then it’s probably one of the first apps you open up and choose to have a quick scroll through first thing in the morning – y’know, during those ten or so minutes in bed after the alarm has gone off but before you’ve resigned yourself to crawling out and facing the day.  Whereas Twitter is the go-to for up-to-the-minute news and the latest talking points (kind of like ye olde newspapers – remember them?), Instagram – on the other hand – is the glossy magazine alternative; the place to go for (mostly) real lives, viewpoints and stories, holiday spots, styling tips and food.

As a teenager, I loved cutting up magazines.  Once I was finished reading the latest issue of Marie Claire, Glamour, Seventeen or Mizz (yikes, remember Mizz?!) I’d get snippy with the scissors – flicking through and cutting out my favourite pictures, from clothes to quotes, to photographs of food I wanted to make and faraway places I wanted to visit.  I’d blue-tack them all to the walls of my bedroom (permanently pock-marking the paintwork and forever putting me in my Mum’s bad books…) – and it was a kind of my own mood board, and a scrap book of ideas; Instagram and Pinterest before they even existed.

Nowadays, I can just use Pinterest and Instagram – and I do!  And while Pinterest is great when I’m on my computer or tablet, I wouldn’t dare put it on my phone (buh-bye monthly data allowance!).  Instagram on the other hand is far more portable.  It’s not just a social media app or a tool I use to promote my recipes and my blog, but now that you can create collections of saved photos it’s also become a handy tool to organise my ideas, interests and inspirations.  Much like Pinterest, I use it to collect recipes that I fancy trying out, outfits I want to recreate, places I want to visit, as well as photos that I love – all to create my own little mood board to inspire my own photography.  If you’re on the app all the time then you might as well use the features to help make life easier, right?

If you’ve never heard of the save function on Instagram or have never used it, then hold tight; I’m going to show you how to use it, and how I use it to organise my life!

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How to Save/Bookmark Photographs on Instagram

Scrolling through Instagram, if there’s a photo that you really like the look of – whether it’s an interesting outfit (ooh, I fancy getting a coat like that), or a recipe you really fancy – you can save it to your own private collection.  All you have to do is click the little bookmark symbol in the bottom right hand corner.  No one will know that you’ve saved it, so don’t worry about feeling like a creep!  Just clicking it once will save it, but if you hold down, then a little menu will pop up at the bottom of the screen, giving you the option to organise that photo into a specific folder that you can label yourself.

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To see your collection of saved photos, head to your profile page and click the little symbol made up of three horizontal lines in the top right hand corner.  A menu will slide out and from there you’ll be able to access your saved photos by clicking “saved”.

This is where you can get as creative and as organised as you like!  What you save and how you save it and organise it is entirely up to you – but here are a few collections I like to keep.

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Midweek Meal Ideas

I’ve got quite a few collections of recipes that I’ve stumbled across on Instagram (I’m a food blogger, after all!).  I’ve got a collection full of recipe ideas for Christmas, and one full of desserts, but the one I keep on adding to and tend to dip into the most is the one I’ve labelled Midweek Meals”.  I love cooking, but sometimes coming up with something to cook in the middle of the week when I’m knackered and tempted to call in a takeaway is TOUGH.  So what I like to do is save some ideas from the food accounts that I follow on Instagram – that way, I’ve always got something up my sleeve when I come to plan my meals for the week and can’t think of anything to cook. 


Holiday Rec List

Before I go away somewhere – whether that’s a city break or a beach holiday – I like to create a new collection on Instagram full of ideas on places to visit and to eat!  Before Sunny and I flew out to Vancouver last year for our Canadian Roadtrip, we knew we were only going to have a day at most to explore the city and so we used Instagram to decide what we wanted to see and where we wanted to eat.  By doing that, we found this tiny, tiny Taco Bar for dinner that we never would have known about had it not been for photos of their crazy cocktails and tacos on Instagram.  It’s such a great way to plan a trip – or even collect places you’d like to go in your own Home Town!  Plus, you’ll always – hopefully – have your phone on you – and with the added locations and maps feature, it’ll be like having a curated and personalised guidebook in your pocket! 🙂

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DIY and Interiors Projects

I’ve been thinking about giving my office a little bit of an overhaul recently and so I’ve created a collection full of ideas on how I’d like to decorate it.  Instagram is full of interiors and DIY accounts as well as brand accounts selling home furnishings.  So as you can see, I’ve saved lots of photographs of home offices, storage ideas, lamps (gotta find that perfect desk light!) and even colours for the wall via the Pantone and Farrow and Ball accounts!

Seasonal Outfits

I follow a lot (A LOOOOT) of fashion accounts because I’m pretty hopeless when it comes to creating outfits for myself.  I organise any fashion posts that I save into Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter collections – so everything’s easy to find.  Not only are these collections great for creating outfit mood boards and collecting ideas for outfits, but I use it to inspire my future wardrobe.  If I can see that I’ve pinned a lot of white blazers in my summer collection, then I know that that’s perhaps something I’d like to add to my wardrobe next season.  By scrolling through what I’ve saved, I can get real idea of which styles I tend to like and might like to buy into, and also how to wear them!

That’s it! Have you ever used the save function on Instagram?  Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂

*How to #GetRewarded by eating and drinking your way around The ‘Diff

Easy.  Download Memberoo and then get scoffing!

Founded in Bath, the digital rewards app (of no relation to Deliveroo) recently launched in Cardiff and a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited along to their Blogger Event to hear all about it.  As a gal who’s all for anything and everything that’s going to facilitate my scoffing my way around the city, I downloaded the app pronto-tonto and went along to find out more. 🙂

Memberoo allows you to find deals on food and drink from some fab independently-run restaurants, bars and cafes around the city.  If you’re in the mood for a little something-something, open the app and Memberoo will list the places closest to you and exclusive offers that are currently available to claim – like 2 for 1 on ice creams at Science Cream or a free Welsh Cake at Servinis.  


To claim points to spend, all you need to do is scan a QR code into the app at the till, share feedback or post about your Memberoo meal on social media.  The more you use the app, the more points you accrue and the more food rewards you get.  Simple!

It’s free to download, so why not arm yourself with it next time you’re out and about?  With some local faves already listed on the app and no doubt more to be added, it’s definitely worth knowing about!  🙂


Have you downloaded Memberoo yet?  Enjoying it?

Smart Closet

I love fashion, but you know what? I’m not particularly good at it. I’ve got a cupboard full to bursting of clothes (and that doesn’t seem to stop me from adding to it when I see something I like!) and yet I always seem to wear the same two or three outfits. I’m lazy and unadventurous when it comes to dressing myself so a capsule wardrobe would probably make a lot of sense, but I get bored easily and I hate to think of all those lovely clothes that are already hanging in my wardrobe and never get to see the light of day.

About a month ago I downloaded an app called Smart Closet on a whim, hoping that it would help me regain a bit of control over my togs, and I have to say, so far I’m loving it! It essentially works as a database – a personal closet catalogue – allowing you to see what you’ve got (and haven’t got!), categorise it, create and plan outfits, and understand which items you get the most use out of. It takes a little bit of time to set everything up, but for me it’s been a game changer 🙂

✦ Create Your Closet. The most time consuming part of creating your own smart closet is inputting all the data, which basically involves chucking all your clothes onto the floor and taking a picture of each and every item you own – clothes, shoes, accessories, the lot. You can choose to categorise them by style, colour, brand (which makes searching for items in the app much easier), and you can even add a price to each item which – once you’ve added everything – will give you a total price tag for your wardrobe. Eek!


✦ Create and Plan Outfits. Once you’ve created your database you can start having some fun with the app. All those photographs you took can now be mixed and matched to create outfits for your Lookbook. Outfits can be categorised by occasions and seasons and added to a calendar which allows you to keep track of what you’re wearing. Another handy feature is that the app will alert you every morning suggesting a possible outfit for the day. Helpful when you’re in a rush, eh? 🙂

Packing Lists. A couple of weeks ago I went on a mini break to the New Forest and used the packing feature to help me streamline my suitcase. You can add outfits to your packing list and the app will list all the items you need to pack.

Statistics. Here’s the interesting bit. The statistics page in the app gives you a run down of your wardrobe in numbers. How many tops, how many dresses? How many outfits? How much does your entire wardrobe cost? And depending on how much information you put into the app, it can also tell you about your favourite brands, favourite colours, most used item and best value item. All handy info for when you’re planning a clear out or feeling spendy 🙂

Have you ever tried a closet app? What did you think of it?