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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Put a Binder Clip On It

Sort of in honor of Put a Bird On It, lately I've been thinking that for many a household task, I can just Put a Binder Clip On It. Those damn things are useful. Here are a few purposes I've used binder clips for that they were not originally intended to serve:
  • Chip clip/bag clip. This one's obvious, but still. I have never, ever owned enough kitchen-specific bag clips, and they cost too much anyway. Whereas I have probably hundreds of binder clips of myriad sizes, clamoring to be used.
  • Cord holder. Actually, I haven't done this one, yet--but I keep meaning to. Take one of those gigantic binder clips and keep those pesky electronics cords together, untangled, and out of the way. (Just don't put the clip ON the cord....I mean slide the cords through the long triangular space.)
  • Outgoing mail holder. We have one of those mailboxes that's like a little box attached to the wall next to the front door. For incoming mail, you lift the lid on a hinge and put it inside. For outgoing mail, there's an unwieldy little two-pronged rack thingy. It looks a lot like this, but white. Because I'm paranoid that my outgoing mail will fall off the rack and go AWOL before the mail carrier gets to it, especially if it's breezy, I hold it on with a little binder clip.
  • DIY seat belt repair. Admittedly, this is REALLY not a normal use for a binder clip, and not one I would wish on anyone. But it had to be done. Here's the story: you may not have ever noticed it before, but there is a little plastic nub on your seat belt that stops the buckle from sliding down all the way to the floor when it's just hanging there unused. (At least, there is in my Civic.) At some point, the nub fell off my seat belt. All I had in the car that was of any remote use was a binder clip, so I MacGyvered that shit. It's now been like that for weeks.
So, yep. Put a binder clip on it. That's my advice. I'm sure there are many other uses I haven't even considered. Like maybe a key chain. In a pinch I've used a large paper clip as a key chain, so why not a binder clip?


David T. Macknet said...

For electronics cords: put the cords through the silver metal loop (you can squeeze it apart, to get the cord in) and you can then clip the binder clip to something convenient on your desk. That way there's no pressure on the cord, it can slide freely, but it won't get lost (particularly useful for power & network cables, if you use a laptop).

aquafortis said...

YES. Love it.

Kelly Fineman said...

I use them for bag clips and sometimes for outgoing mail, too. (Of course, I use clothespins for the same thing.)

aquafortis said...

OMG clothespins. We have a crap-ton of those, too, because one of Rob's sets of prints has an interesting display methodology involving clipping them to a clothesline...I imagine those will one day invade our house as well! :)

tanita davis said...

Here's something sad.
I have a knitted cowl - which looks like a fairly small tube top - it's supposed to go around your neck and be pulled up around your head. Well it is FREEZING in my office, so I wear the cowl over my head... and, look like a proper Muslim girl with the binder clip with which I secure it tightly around my neck.

Score one for total fashion UNconsciousness.

aquafortis said...