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12 Clever Uses for Binder Clips [Video]

Sometimes the simplest things can turn out to be very useful throughout the household. In this video you will see twelve clever uses for binder clips around your home. Clip on, clip off, and all done without a mess!

Clever Clip Tips! [via Geeks are Sexy]

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  • Published 08/7/12

Comments (11)

  1. ti

    don’t get the bottle one at the end. just stand them up & VOILA … more room!

  2. mgo

    While I appreciate some of the useful tips, why did the narrater make his voice all high and squeaky?? Gee I hope he doesn’t really sound like this in real life…a voice like that would never allow him to pick up chicks in bar!

  3. Doz

    Dinner guests? Make seating cards by standing a clip on its head and slide a name card between the handles. Great vid… ignore the trolls.

  4. LadyFitzgerald

    @ mgo. Something must be wrong with your computer. The guy’s voice sonded normal to me.

    @ ti. Listen to the video again. The guy was referring to bottles that are too tall to stand up on a shelf.

    I’ve used binder clips for a money clip and a pants clip before. I’ve got one bag being secured by a binder clip right now (those plastic bag clips are always breaking) and I’ve always used one on my toothpaste tube. I use binder clips to hang a calender and pending paperwork to the curtains behind my desk.

  5. Dorothy

    @ LadyFitzgerald. I’ve been using 3 of the smallest clips on my calendars. Where humidity runs high, the top corners would droop if I didn’t use clips.

    They’re also great on the mailbox when sending large and heavy-loaded envelopes, as we writers often do.

  6. Paul

    The fridge magnet idea is stupid… just hold the picture in place with the magnet alone! LOL!

  7. Mike O'Brien

    I use binder clips as to install springs.
    Hook the spring in the clips handle – and use the clip as the pulling handle.

    Paul – be nice.

  8. LadyFitzgerald

    @ Paul. The fridge magnet idea can’t be too stupid; they used to make an early style of binder clip that came with a magnet already attached.

    @ Dorothy. The mobile home court I live in hangs a binder clip from each mailbox for attaching the rent/utilities notices. I personally don’t mail anything from my home mailbox; the mail carriers are often a bit flaky and anyone can just come along and help themselves to whatever is there. I use a secure private mail service to receive my mail, packages, etc.; I either drop off outgoing mail there when picking up mail or at the post office drop box a mile from where I live.

  9. Buford

    You can use them in your binder to hold papers!

  10. Alex e

    Leftover beer?! What’s that? :)

  11. sciencenut

    @Paul, most people do that – so do I. However the science behind it makes a magnet in direct contact with the fridge much better. The coefficient of friction of paper makes it more slippery than the metal magnet’s surface, and the thickness of the paper reduces the magnetic flux density. With even the slightest decrease in flux density, a magnet loses a significant amount of attraction.

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