Binder clips, like paper clips, always seem to be hanging around offices and home offices. Even if you need to buy them, you’re likely to purchase a box of them as opposed to one or two. Here are some ideas from Wise Bread for putting extras to use around the house:

  1. Toothpaste Squeezer: get the most out of your toothpaste tube by keeping a binder clip on the end of the tube. When you roll the tube, keep replacing the binder clip to make your toothpaste last longer.
  2. Quick and Easy Doodle Pad: grab some blank pages and hold them together with a binder clip and a sheet of thick cardstock. Tie a pen or pencil to a piece of string and tie it to the binder clip. Now your kid has a portable doodle pad to keep them busy with a pen that won’t mysteriously go missing.
  3. Tablecloth Holder: when using a plastic tablecloth to protect the table against kid messes, use binder clips to keep it in place.
  4. Photo Holder: using a couple of pieces of glass or clear plastic and a few binder clips, you can make a cheap and simple photo frame.

Find over 20 more ideas at Wise Bread’s 28 Innovative Uses for Binder Clips.