Binder clips are the underdog of the office supply world. Everyone can rave about alternate uses for paper clips, but what about the trusty old binder clip? We've got a few ways we can recommend putting them to great use.
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When we wrote about turning binder clips into emergency cuff links, commenter CassidyAeetes remarked:
"I actually use a binder clip as my money clip. Maybe we need a whole article on the many usages of binder clips."
We're taking Cassidy up on that challenge by running through a few of our favourite tips born from the black and steel high-tension wonders, along with adding a few new suggestions into the mix.
First impressions matter, but you won't leave a good one if your shirt cuffs are gaping open because you don't have any cuff links. Good news is that you can solve this fashion emergency with a pair of binder clips. All you need to do is pass a binder clip through your buttonholes and open it up. Ta da! Instant emergency cuff links, assuming you don't need to have the cuffs visible, or don't mind letting your geek flag fly.
Keep the toothpaste tube squeezed
Toothpaste has many, many uses, but can you keep that pesky tube of toothpaste neat and squeezed? Absolutely. You could search stores for devices designed specifically for this task, or just use something you already have in your desk drawer.
You've tamed the mess underneath and behind your desk with one of our tips, but how do you deal with that pesky cable that slips out of reach as soon as you unplug it from a device? Simple: grab a binder clip, undo one of the metal handles, slip that pesky cord inside, put the metal handle back into its place, and clip the entire gadget to the edge of your desk. Problem solved.
So you finally gave your filing cabinet a makeover. You're more organised than ever, but every time you open a drawer all your files slide forward, slaves to that little thing called momentum. Like most of our binder hacks, the solution to this problem is almost too simple: clip a binder hack onto each of the file cabinet's folder rails to keep things in place.
Maybe you're the new intern in the office and the only available desk doesn't have enough room for both a pencil holder and a picture frame, or maybe you just completed a raid of the office supply cabinet and don't know what to do. No matter the reason, Instructables' sonja with a j has a clever way of turning a handful of binder clips and rubber bands into an attractive photo pencil holder.
I'm the first to own up to being indecisive. There's often five types of ice cream in my fridge because I couldn't decide which I wanted. If you're just as bad as I, this picture hack is perfect for you. Instead of attaching pictures to a wall with tape, thumbtacks, or something that will damage them when you decide to put other ones up, attach binder clips to the wall with small, low-damage nails. You'll have a way to hang up pictures and take them down on a whim without causing any damage to them, or leaving evidence of your changes of mind in the walls.
Do you have a binder clip hack that we've missed? What alternate uses do you have for other common office supplies? Tell us in the comments.