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Binder Clips
Binder clips are prized for their strength — if you ever had a fingertip caught in one of these suckers, you know what we mean. That strength makes them great for coralling cords. Photick/Sandro Di Carlo Darsa/Thinkstock
Binder clips are prized for their strength — if you ever had a fingertip caught in one of these suckers, you know what we mean. That strength makes them great for coralling cords. Photick/Sandro Di Carlo Darsa/Thinkstock

If you're cleaning out your home office and come across a box of these butterfly-winged beauties, do not even THINK of throwing them away. In the life hacker community, binder clips are the go-to tool for a clever solution to any household problem.

Binder clips are prized for their strength — if you ever had a fingertip, earlobe or tongue caught in one of these suckers, you know what we mean. They're also flat on one side, enabling them to stand up with some degree of stability.

Among the many, many, many uses that have been dreamed up for binder clips, here are some of our favorites [source: Gordon]:

  • Minimalist wallet – pinch some folded cash and a credit card in the clip; even hang a house key from the silver handle.
  • Picture "frames" – drive some nails into the wall, put binder clips on some favorite photos, then hang them from the nails.
  • Toothpaste helper – keep your half-empty tube of toothpaste locked and loaded by rolling up and clipping the bottom.
  • Cable corral – attach some clips to the edge of your desk to hold the ends of unused USB, power and audio cables.

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