Sunday, September 24, 2017

22 Creative Organizing Ideas using Binder Clips

1. Untangling those knotted up earbuds in your purse.


Each time you coil them back up after use, you swear there’s no way for them to tangle again, yet each time you pull them out, they’re in a knot that even a boy scout couldn’t manage. Clip a binder clip on the edge of your desk with the prongs sticking out, then wind your favorite earbuds around the prongs and slide the end through the hole in one of the prongs. This is a quick and painless way to not only keep them untangled, but also remember where you left them

2. Smart charging.


Tired of searching for your cell phone charger cable end under your bed or in the floor?. Just like the previous earbud fix, place your binder clip on the edge of a nightstand or desk with prongs facing out. This allows you to place the end of your phone charger in the neck of the prong so it stays put and is easily accessible for easy charging.

3. Cord keepers.


If you have a massive earbud collection or other cord collection, keep them straight by winding them around your fingers and then placing a small binder clips on them to keep them together and separated from other cords before storing! This allows you to quickly find the cord you’re looking for.

4. Easy freeze.


The rack in your freezer seems to be just another shelf to set items on, but you can save freezer space by clipping a frozen bag of peas or other item to the bottom of the rack. Just put the clip over one of the rungs of the rack facing down and clip the bag underneath the rack hanging in place. This fastens the bag to the bottom of the rack, saving room.

5. Glove compartment.


Have kitchen gloves that don’t contain a hanging tab? Then clip them to the inside of your kitchen sink door using a hanging binder clip. You can easily hang the binder clip from a nail or screw on the inside of the door. Now your kitchen gloves can be easily accessed for quick cleaning.

6. Cup holder.


Pens, pencils, scissors, and other small accessories can overwhelm your kitchen counter, causing unnecessary clutter. Find a small cup to house these items, and in order to get it off the counter, hang it using a binder clip and a wall hook. Now your mess is clean and your pens and scissors are safe from pets and children.

7. Phone fixes and life hacks.


Ever found yourself propped up at the most awkward angle in order to watch videos on your phone? Or how about skyping someone and you’re left with a crane in your neck trying to find the perfect angle for your phone camera. Here are a few easy fixes for your phone and other quick fixes.
• For this one, you’ll need two different size binder clips (large and small). Use the larger one to clip the smaller one’s prongs. Then set it down on a table and use it as a cell phone stand. Your phone should fit nicely lying back against the slope of the larger clip, and held in place by the smaller clip.
• If you’re trying to prop your phone up portrait-style but you also need to charge it, that pesky charging cord can really get in the way. Pull the prongs off of a smaller clip and place the small clip inside the mouth of a larger clip. Next, route your charger through the upward facing mouth of the smaller clip. Clip the larger mouth on your phone, remove its prongs, and then set the back flat end of the larger clip (now holding your phone) on a table and you’ve got room for the charging cable.
• For another convenience cell phone stand, set two large binder clips facing each other on a table. Clip each end of a perks card or credit card making a “hovering table”. Your sides of your phone should fit in the neck of each prong of the large binder clips.
• This one is so simple. For an easy stand, clip the bottom on your phone with a large binder clip and adjust one prong to 90 degrees and lean it on that prong.
• Rubber bands are too much trouble. Loosely wrap your extension cords or phone cords and then use a large binder clip to keep them all together and untangled.
• Clip two binder clips to the bottom rung of a clothes hanger in your closet. Now you’re free to hang dress pants, curtains, or other material.
• Use them like a clothespin for closing bags of snacks or coffee bags. This keeps your food fresh and your bags manageable.
• If you’re knitting, place your ball of yarn in a slick bowl. Clip your binder clip on the rim of the bowl, feeding your yarn through the arm of the clip. When you pull for more slack, the ball of yard should spin in place.
• Clip something to your key ring by removing the binder clip arm and hooking it around your key chain. Then replace the arm and clip anything you need to your keys!
• If you’re busy in the office and you’re having less than a good hair day, use a convenient binder clip to tame that frizz—it’s like a fancy bobby pin for those who love office supplies!

8. Top 10 binder clips products you can buy.


Surely all binder clips are created equal, right? Well, maybe the idea is the same, but they come in all sizes, shapes, and designs (and for different purposes). You can buy extra-large binder clips made with tempered steel for the strongest hold possible. Or you can buy mini binder clips to clip things together without taking up a lot of space. Clips come in all sizes from mini to medium to extra-large.
Another option is a binder clip with extra-long arms to keep your papers from wrinkling. The extra-extra-large clips can hold up to 250 sheets of paper and are the most heavy-duty for all of your larger binding needs.
If you’d like to keep track of your things in a more organized way, buy clips with specific colors or even ones with different fun emojis. These can be used in a fun way in the office to lighten your boss’s mood on Monday morning, or to remember which cup is yours by color or design. You can also get fancy pattern binder clips for a more sophisticated look, or for decoration…strawberries, daisies, roses, and other patterned binder clips are a great way to add a little pizazz to your duties.

9. Safety tips.


Although it’s tempting to wear them as earrings, try to resist that urge, as these clips have a firm grip. Instead, use them in a safer way by clipping the mouth of a large clip over your razor’s sharp edge. Now when you reach into the drawer for your razor, you’re not in danger of slicing your finger open!

10. Hanger help.


Prefer your clothes to dry in the summer sunshine on a clothesline? Well, clotheslines get weighed down as the hangers slide together, making it difficult for your clothes to dry as quickly. Just fasten a binder clip of top of where your hanger meets the line, and it will keep your clothes in place. Simple, but true.
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11. Use binder clips to keep tea bags out of the way.


One of the most annoying things about drinking tea soon after it has been poured is that floating tea bag. One easy binder clip fix is to fasten the tea bag to the rim of your cup so that it’s still diffusing, but it’s not going to drift into your mouth at every sip.

12. Creative pimped-out pencil and photo holder.


In this cool design, get a few large binder clips and place them on their side. Next, put them in a circle with the mouth of the clip facing the middle of the circle. Use some small rubber bands to bind them all together around the outside. When you’re done, you can sit writing utensils down in the center of the mouth of each clip, and the arms pointing to the outer edges of the circle conveniently holds photos!

13. Hold food thermometers in place using a binder clip.


If you need to consistently monitor the temperature of something you’re cooking (making candy often requires this), arrange your binder clip of the rim of the pot you’re using to cook and extend one arm of the clip far enough to house the length of your thermometer and hold it in place while you cook.

14. Binder clips as DIY emergency cuff links.


Lost your fancy cuff link? A last-minute fix is to use the binder clip as a cuff link by pushing the extended arms of the clip through the buttonhole and then opening the arms. It will save your shirt sleeve from dangling open.

15. Keep your socks together when washing and drying.


Everyone knows that washers eat socks when they get hungry, so don’t enable it! Clip your socks together with a binder clip through their wash-dry process so they stay together. It will save search time when folding the laundry as well!

16. Hidden pen holder or use it to add a pen holder to practically anything.


If you enjoy using a highlighter when you read or study, it can be annoying when you leave the highlighter or pen somewhere else. Use a binder clip to attach your writing utensil to the book by using the pen’s clip! It’s quick and simple, but something not everyone thinks of doing.

17. Lo-tek remote lightswitch/dimmer control.


If you’re willing to get a little redneck (or a lot redneck), save yourself a few steps by rigging some fishing line up to your light dimmer switch across the room, lining it against the wall and ceiling. Next, fasten the line to the binder clip, which is also clipped on the dimmer knob control. You’ll need both an “up” and “down” line attaching to your knob control. Once it is rigged, you’ll have access to either string and you won’t have to get up to dim the lights!

18. Ceiling


Spring cleaning. Just the words send shivers down the spine. Make the cobwebs on the ceiling disappear faster and with less effort by using binder clips to attach a material of your choice around the end of a broom or other device with an extension. Wet the material or rag you’ve attached and clean up those cobwebs on the ceiling without shaking off all the dust bunnies from your current broom.

19. A professional labeler.

If you have some printed labels or can print some, fasten your labels to the flat edge of a binder clip. This allows you to clip that specific labeled clip onto a group of papers or specific thing so that when you look along the shelf, you know exactly what you’re looking at. It saves a ton of time when searching for past tax forms or medical records.

20. Combine with bulldog clips on hooks and you’ll get this fancy organizing idea.


Hang your labels along the edge of baskets or containers without the annoyance of adhesives. You’ll place the clip along the top edge of the container. This can even be a fun decorating idea to brighten up an old basket. You can also use bulldog clips (which look a bit fancier than a regular binder clip) to hang old polaroid photos on a wire. This is a fun new way to display your photos across the wall!

21. In the office you can use them to hang a calendar by command hooks.


Maybe you’ve hung a calendar with a thumb tack before, and you’ve realized that after pulling out the thumb tack and putting it back in several times, it leaves a larger and loose hole in your sheetrock. By first securing a command hook, hanging the arm of the binder clip from the hook, and then fastening the top of the calendar into the mouth of the binder clip, it makes for an easy-change calendar hanger. The best part is the calendar is secure and you’re not left with a hole in the wall!

22. And last but not least,

one of the best solutions for your tangled earphone cable. As a slight alteration from other earphone-binder clip solutions, first place the actual earpiece into the mouth of the binder clip sideways, so you’re not damaging the cords (the earphones will stick out the side of the clip). Now loosely wrap your cord around the arms of the clip so as not to tangle the cord. When you reach the end, place the dock through the hole of both arms on the clip so it won’t unravel. This is the perfect storage solution so that your earbuds remain clean and untangled when you want to use them.
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