“This invention relates to the construction of what are known among stationers as order-holders, the same being portfolios adapted to hold written orders for merchandise and be used by the clerk who puts up the goods for shipment or delivery while he is engaged in that duty.” This is taken from the 1890 request for a patent by John F. Brown for none other than what we now know as binder clips.
Mr. Brown used boards and springs to create his “order-holders,” and although binder clips may have gone through minor changes over the years, functionally, they are pretty much the same. Unless you have some imagination and are in need of a quick fix at the office.
Binder Clips Help Around the Office
You probably already know that you can use the arms of binder clips to replace missing feet on your keyboard, but have you considered using them to hang up your headphone or keep your ear bud cords neatly coiled? It’ll be much easier to tune in or tune out!
Speaking of keeping cords neatly wrapped up and out of tangles, you can also use binder clips to secure all those extra computer cords you have that tend to slip down behind your desk. Attach one to the edge of the desk and it’s easy to secure them through the arms.
Binder clips can also help keep your desk nice and tidy. You can use them to organize rubber bands, hold pens, show off memorabilia, and even hang up more binder clips, just in case your co-worker wants to borrow one.
The next time you squeeze open a binder clip and release those important documents, take a moment to consider the possibilities within that small contraption. If you need some more ideas, here are 28 innovative uses for binder clips.