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Use Office Supplies to Keep Your Home Organized

If you've got binder clips, paper clips or some hangers lying around your house, you've got the tools to keep yourself organized. Here's how to repurpose office items to save you money and organize your home.

Real estate broker Tish Otten of Houston Area Real Estate shows how to use simple items you already have to save money and keep your home organized.

Uses for Binder Clips and Paper Clips:

  • If you're going on vacation and you've lost the plastic cover for your razor, use a medium-sized binder clip over the end to protect yourself or your bag from being cut.
  • To get the most out of your toothpaste tube, roll the end of your toothpaste tube and put a binder clip on it. This also discourages your kids from unrolling it.
  • A simple solution in the kitchen is to clip a binder clip to a wet sponge. Put the handles up and set it on the top of the binder clip so that it will drain and dry, keeping it cleaner.
  • Use a small binder clip or paper clip to attach coupons, reminder notes or mail to your front door. That way, you'll see them before you leave so you can't forget. You can decorate the clips with ribbon or scrapbooking flowers to make them prettier.
  • Make a simple bookmark by looping a piece of ribbon through a paperclip and clipping it to a page, keeping your books nice and neat instead of folding page corners.

Jewelry Organizer From Office Supplies and Wire Hanger

Materials:
  • Wire Hanger
  • Paperclips and Binder Clips
  • Pliers
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
1. Using pliers, make bends on the bottom of the wire hanger. The bends will keep your accessories from sliding.

2. Attach paper clips and binder clips.

3. Hang necklaces using the binder clips.

4. To make a spot for your earrings, attach a piece of ribbon around the wire hanger using binder clip.

5. Use scissors to cut a few slits in the ribbon (however many earrings you want to hang). Use paper clips in the slits and these will hold your earrings.

DIY Scarf Holder from Plastic Hanger and Binder Clips

Using a plastic hanger and some large binder clips, you can make an organizer for scarves that hangs in your closet. Squeeze the prongs of the binder clip until they come out. Hang the prongs from the bottom of the hanger and then reattach the clip. Clip your scarves to the binder clip and hang in your closet!

It's better to use a plastic hanger for this project, but if you want to use a wire hanger, you can keep it from bending in the middle by attaching a paper clip between the top of the hanger and the bottom to pull it together.

DIY Hat Organizer

Materials:
  • 1/2 inch piece of wood
  • screws
  • washers
  • drill
  • binder clips
Measure your board and decide how many clips you want to attach. Put a binder clip with the prongs folded back at the bottom edge of the board where you'd like it to go. Hold a washer over the loop of the prong and drill a screw down over it, holding it in place. Push back the top prong to open the clip and hang a hat.

Uses for Manila Folders:

  • If you've got plain manila folders, decorate them with contact paper to give your office a pop of color and a fun way to stay organized. Find contact paper you like and cut it to fit the top of a manila folder. Put several folders in a letter holder for a cute office organizing tool.
  • Use old manila folders as cardstock! Just cut them down to the size of regular printer paper and put them in your printer to print business cards, birthday cards, post cards or even give a family photo a vintage look.

For more from Tish, visit har.com.
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