I've always believed that you can fix just about anything with duct tape, olive oil, safety pins and a Sharpie. Add binder clips to the mix and the emergency hack kit is pretty much complete. As technology changes the nature of office supplies, the good old binder clip is seeing less and less paper in need of binding ... so put those isosceles triangles of spring steel to clever use in any of these applications.

1. Keep unruly wires tamed

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2. Fasten together a fabulous storage unit

binder clip shelving

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3. Display memorabilia and ephemera

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4. Store horizontal bottles securely in the refrigerator

fridge organizer binder clip

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5. Turn a magnet into a magnet clip

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6. Make industrial-chic wine charms

wine glass markers made of binder clip

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7. Hang art without hurting it

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8. Use as a money clip

binder money clip

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9. Keep your recipe book open while cooking

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10. Clip together a dress and choker

binder clip dress and necklace

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11. Ditch the ouchie straight pins and clip instead

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12. Store cables in a sane manner

binder clip cord catcher

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13. Secure bike gear

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14. Make a smartphone stand

smartphone stand from binder clip

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15. Organize plugs at your desk

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16. Batten down canopies and tents against the wind

tent binder clip

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This story was originally written for Treehugger. Copyright 2012.

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