If you're an academic, or have a home office, chances are you have a supply of these items. One friend of mine refers to them as "barbie purses," and it's easy to see why:
I have a little jar at home full of them, in various sizes. They are, of course designed to hold together stacks of papers larger than can be handled by their more plebeian cousin, the humble paper clip. But they're handy for other things, too. Some of my off-label uses for binder clips have included:
- a clip for outgoing mail on my vertical mailbox
- a closure for opened bags of food in my refrigerator and cupboards
- hanging a Christmas wreath
Binder clips! A million and one uses! And the fun never ends...
Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone!