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Get Organized Using Paperclips

You may be familiar with the classic office tool known as the paperclip, designed to… well… clip papers together. Traditionally, paperclips were ONLY found in the color of silver. Boring! Then, companies realized that people don’t like boring, and so they started making more fun paperclips in different colors and designs. As a result, people like me started buying them, not necessarily because they needed more, but because they were attracted to them and can justify that there will, eventually, be a use for them. The truth is I wasn’t at the store to buy paperclips, but I came across these really pretty ones that I liked so I bought them. That’s when I tasked myself with the job of figuring out what other ways can I use my new, pretty paperclips, other than just storing them in my desk. Here are the results:

If your refrigerator is overrun by your kid's artwork already, to the point that your magnets are constantly falling off, then here is an alternative. All you need is an empty wall space, thumbtacks, twine, and some paperclips, and you have now created a beautiful, organized display of your child’s artwork.

Don’t have kids? Instead of using a cork board in your office, do the same but hang important papers that need your attention, flyers to upcoming events, and all the “good job” notes you get from your boss.

Use paperclips to bookmark important pages. For example, mark your “go-to” dish in your recipe book, a quote you want to remember in a book you’re reading, a page in your notebook that has an important phone number or login/password info. By bookmarking them, you can easily get back to that exact page quickly. (Also, you don’t have to worry about the bookmark falling out. Bonus!)

Use your paperclips to easily clamp the ends of your loose wrapping paper to keep it contained without ruining any of the actual paper. The same works for your rolled up posters too!

When you're filing your papers, keep a paperclip attached to the filing folder to hold the small important papers that can easily get lost in the middle of all your other papers. A few examples of these small papers include: important registration cards, receipts, social security cards, proof of a membership, small photos, etc. Also, if you have a number of small items to store that aren't exactly flat, consider putting them in a sandwich bag, and then clipping the bag to the folder using the paperclip.

Categories: Organization