Monday, May 9, 2016

My love of Life Hacks and 3 Uses for a Binder Clip


I love 'life hacks'. I like finding ways to make life simpler. My new favorite 'go to' life hack is binder clips.

I have been buying frozen spinach, kale, and veggies lately. But I only use a handful and not the entire bag. I keep a few binder clips in the freezer just to seal these bags back up and prevent spills all over the freezer. Genius!!

I also use binder clips for potato chips, crackers, and other snacks. Freshness to the last bit. Only problem is, snacks don't last long enough at our house to get stale.

My favorite use for a binder clip is to keep the toothpaste rolled all the way done to the cap. That way we use every drop of toothpaste.
Do you use binder clips for anything? What about other life hacks? I am a life hack junkie. I will share more in a future post!!

42 comments:

  1. My husband uses one to keep his seat belt away from his port! I like using them to clip coupons together and I have several on my bulletin board to hold "stuff" :)

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    1. That is a really clever use for a binder clip...to keep the seatbelt away from his port.

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  2. I saw a video on someone's blog, but of course for the life of me I can't remember whose, of a lot of ways to use binder clips. It was amazing! I personally don't use them, mainly because I don't think we have any around, but there were so many good ways on that video it was inspiring.

    betty

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    1. There are a lot of videos on You Tube. I will have to go check it out. I also think they are great for keeping all the computer cords organized. I haven't done it yet, but I need to!

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  3. I use binder clips for my wall calendar. That little hole tears so easily...

    I don't use binder clips for bags of chips and such. At a county fair, I got these devices that seal them up even better.

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    1. Great use for the wall calendar! That little hole usually doesn't last for the entire year, does it?

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  4. Lady, it's 3:00 a.m. and I am snorting laughter, not at you, but with you...or at myself. The toothpaste for sure! Oh Lordy how I hate to waste it. I lay that tube on the bathroom counter and use the back of my toothbrush to push the paste toward the cap end, then I roll that tube and secure it so the paste stays close to the cap end. GN is a 'squeeze in the middle and hope for the best and leave the mess' toothpaste user, but I secretly push hers to the end of the tube, also. I am a secret toothpaste pusher! AND because it is only 3:00 a.m., that grandgirl is gonna wake up with a binder clip on the rolled end of her toothpaste tube! I use a lot of clips in the freezer, but they haven't been binder clips.mI'm sure the binder clips stay in place better. Great hack!

    FYI, someone has already violated the new SWD rules. Can't wait to see what happens. Kinda like a soap opera (that I never got hooked on.) But the hostess is on vacation, so we'll see if there's another grand and dramatic chastizing on the horizon.

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    1. LOL! I can see you sneaking in there at 3 a.m. putting a little binder clip on her tooth paste. You can tell her the tooth fairy must have done it! I took SWD out of my reader but I might have to sneak over and do a bit of lurking!! LOL

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  5. They have the same uses at our house. My brother-in-law used to score binder clips from work. Now he is retired some time, and running out. "Tom, just go to Staples and buy more!" "Oh, is that where they come from?"

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    1. All of mine came home in someone's pants pockets!!

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  6. We have magnetic ones that are very useful for coupons etc on the fridge.

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  7. Yep! I also use them for my chips.

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  8. I have used those clips for frozen veggies in the freezer. They are handy to have around!

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    1. I just discovered this use. It is brilliant, isn't it?

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  9. I use them at work all the time, and not just to hold papers together. My favorite is the one I have clipped on the side of my keyboard tray with the mouse cord through it. Keeps my mouse from falling off the tray! OK I admit I am a middle of the tube toothpaste squeezer, but then when it starts getting low I push the toothpaste up towards the cap. I also will cut the end off of the tube and stick my toothbrush inside to get the last little tiny bit of toothpaste!

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    1. I love that idea of using it for the mouse!! I've been known to cut the end off the toothpaste tube too. Usually when I forget to buy toothpaste and I can't squeeze anymore out!

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  10. I use 'em constantly to close up empty chip and pretzel bags, as well as breakfast cereal packages and pancake mix (inside the boxes). Very handy.

    Note: They don't work so well for clipping bangs out of the face. Don't try this at home. (It wasn't pretty ... and it hurt.) :-)

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  11. Hi Paula - yes I used pegs (clothes pegs) .. but I like that idea too ... especially for the toothpaste .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Oh I use those too! Here in the USA we call those clothes pins!

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  12. I use binder clips the same way you do, food storage. You may have seen some in the freezer when you picked up the refrigerator. I also use them to keep power and data cords straight on my desk. One screwed to the inside of the door above my cook counter, for recipe cards

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    1. Yep, it was when I found them in your freezer that I got the idea!! Good idea for recipe cards too! I need to get all my recipes onto cards first though!

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  13. I use binder clips for everything--at school and at home!

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  14. I don't use them at all, but now I may.

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    1. Once you start, Inger, you will find many uses I am sure!

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  15. Years ago, I put together a big puzzle and glued it together afterwards. To hang it on the wall, I put up nails and then clipped the binders to the puzzle and hung each one over each nail. Not attractive - but it works - LOL!

    Linda in VA

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    1. This gave me many fond memories of all the puzzles Richard did and the ones that we glued. I don't think binder clips would hold them though. I don't think we used enough glue!

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  16. That toothpaste hack is neat! We use clothes pins for our snacks containers, but I love learning others' outside-the-box ideas.

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    1. That is what I always used too Myra. Until I found binder clips, that is!

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  17. Cute life hacks. I use them to bind together a stack of trimming from the edges of crossword printouts, and this makes a sweet little "notepad" that is kept by the bed for scribbling down to-do lists over morning tea. I use the bigger ones in my sewing room for all sorts of things, not the least of which is holding and hanging a clear envelope on the bulletin board of ideas from newspaper ads.

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    1. That would make a nice little notepad for sure. And free!!

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  18. I do a similar thing with bags of food and clothes pins. I had bought clothes pins after Rita, because we had to hang our clothes to dry for about a month. But I have no real use for them since then. Like your binders, they are great for keeping food fresh and together. I like you suggestion for the toothpaste! May try that one.
    Barbara, blogging at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. I have my mother-in-law's old clothes pin bag that hung on her clothesline and it is full of clothes pins too!

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  19. Came over here to check out what GoodnightGram was talking about. Trying out the toothpaste hack today.

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    1. Happy to have you visit! It really is a good life hack!

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  20. I have a bin full of beautiful binder clips with colorful designs (swirls, polka dots, swirls) and I use them for... binder clips. Sometimes I get daring and use them to clip papers together. I know, I know. Not very original.

    Wish I had known about the binder clip/toothpaste trick earlier... before I bought specialized little gadgets made just for pushing the toothpaste up (meaning, they are not much good for anything else).

    I use clothespins for chip bags. A few years ago I visited Italy for a month and returned with some wooden clothespins I had used for hanging my clothes on the line. They look exactly like the wooden ones I already had at home in the USA, I can't tell them apart. So I just pretend they are all from Italy now.

    I really like the idea of using binder clips to hang calendars! And my fancy ones will add to the decor!

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    1. Ha! Ha! I use binder clips for paper too! And in my planner to separate sections. I love that your are colorful!

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  21. I don't have any binder clips....who know how badly I needed them LOL

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    1. Gotta get you some binder clips, Wendy! Very useful!

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