4 New Ways to Use Binder Clips

Learn more about how this ordinary office item can help you at home.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Strengthen your grip
Does a weak grip or arthritis make it hard for you to open jars and do other tasks with your hands? Use a large binder clip to add some zip to your grip. Squeeze the folded-back wings of the clip, hold for a count of five, and relax. Do this a dozen or so times with each hand a few times a day. It will strengthen your grip and release tension too.

Mount a picture
Here’s a neat way to mount and hang a picture so that it has a clean frameless look. Sandwich the picture between a sheet of glass or clear plastic and piece of hardboard or stiff card-board. Then use tiny binder clips along the edges to clamp the pieces together. Use two or three clips on each side. After the clips are in place, remove the clip handles at front. Tie picture wire to the rear handles for hanging the picture.

Keep your place
A medium-sized binder clip makes an ideal bookmark. If you don’t want to leave impression marks on the pages, tape a soft material like felt, or even just some adhesive tape, to the inside jaws of the clip before using.

Make a money clip
To keep paper money in a neat bundle in your pocket or purse, stack the bills, fold them in half, and put a small binder clip over the fold.