Binder clips are extremely versatile and extremely cheap. You can get a pack of 120 on Amazon for around $12. You can even get a variety of colors for the same price. In addition to keeping pages and folders together, binder clips have all kinds of uses you might have never thought about before. Here’s a list of the most unique and useful:
Display photos and artwork
Instead of using a frame, simply set a binder clip down and clip a photo to it, so the photo stands up straight. This is a cheap and easy way to display photos at your desk. For something a bit more elaborate, put two nails a distance apart on the wall and tie a string between them. Clip art and photos on the string for a cool-looking, rustic display.
Keep spare cords organized
If you have a lot of cords lying around and they’re constantly getting tangled, hold them together with binder clips. If you like being really organized, attach a label to the binders and mark what the cord is, so when you’re looking for an extra firewire, you’ll see the label right away.
Keep cords you’re using organized
You can also use binder clips to keep the cords you are using organized. If you have a lot of stuff plugged into a computer or TV, and the cords are always hanging down, you could get a docking station. These are pricey, however. Use binder clips instead. Clip to the side of a desk or other surface, then slip cords and cables through the little metal wings.
Keep your sponge upright
Sponges hold a lot of gross bacteria and when they lie down, they never dry out. Clip your sponges to a binder clip, so they stand up straight. They will dry a lot faster and won’t mold or smell as much.
Keep wrapping paper from unrolling
Wrapping paper is fragile and rips easily. Most of us just use a piece of tape to keep the paper from unfolding, but tape doesn’t always stick and when you’re trying to use the paper again, it can accidentally rip. Use a binder clip instead, which unclips a lot easier but stays secure.
Hold a tea bag in place
If you lost the string to your tea bag, you could just fish out the bag when the tea is brewed or you could clip the bag’s edge to your mug instead.
Cover a razor
I once cut my knuckle on my razor rummaging around in a bag, but if I had covered the sharp edge with a binder clip, I could have saved myself a stinging injury.
Get the most out of your toothpaste
If you are running low on toothpaste and need to roll up the end, use a binder clip to hold the roll in place.
Hold your place in a book
Use a small binder clip to keep your place in a book instead of dog-earring it. Also, it won’t slip out like some bookmarks do.
Hold a recipe card
If you like to write your recipes on notecards, you know the annoyance of getting them all dirty in the process of cooking. Keep them upright and off the counter with a binder clip, which also serves as a great little stand for easy reading.
Keep bags closed
I only use binder clips for this purpose, so it doesn’t even seem like a “hack” to me. Hold any kind of bag closed with clips, whether it’s a bag of flour or potato chips.
A binder clip can be used to close a gaping blouse, but that’s a bit conspicuous. Double-sided tape works better. Click here to read about other clothing hacks.