Always fun to get tips on using objects in ways other than they were intended to be used. Of these 10 cool binder clip tricks (via LifeHacker), I’ve done the following:
- Smartphone stand: I keep a binder clip or two in each of my various bags just in case I need to prop up my cellphone on a plane or in a Starbucks. Makes watching video or reading an article a more hands-free experience.
Here’s a video that seems to be the way I do it.
More binder clip tips (that rhymes!) after the jump.
- Close up bags of snack foods: I’ve used binder clips to close bags of chips, pretzels, etc. Never used one on a tube of toothpaste as LifeHacker suggests. Good idea.
- Cable management: Yep. Although I prefer using the little ties that come with my children’s toys. Need to post something about that.
Ideas for binder clips I’d never seen before include “Gather Your Notes Into a Hipster PDA”, mostly because I have no idea what a Hipster PDA is. I often use binder clips to organize scraps of paper, business cards, stuff like that. “Keep Your Sponges Dry and Grime-Free” I’m leery of because I’m a bit of a germaphobe and I don’t trust that binder clips are clean enough to touch my sponges. The frameless photo holder is ugly but I could see using the same method as a document stand. The beverage stacker won’t work because my fridge has too much stuff in it; these tips are often targeted at the childless, although that doesn’t mean we can’t get ideas from there. After all, it takes a village.