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How To Re-Use a Slinky

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Bet you never thought a childhood toy could make you more organized, but it's true! Remember the Slinky?  The Slinky is that famous “walking” spring toy and today we'll turn it from a toy that walks down stairs to a desktop organizer.

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1 Remember that toy you had as a kid? Don't throw it out!

2 Purposely overlap the coils to create a circle.

3 Use your new organizer to hold stamps, business cards, recipes, and more!

4 No more scrambling for pens and paper!

There is one simple step to craft your organizer - - purposely tangle the Slink by interlocking the coils. Bend the Slinky into a circle and unless you have a miniature version you'll have enough coils leftover to continue a second row (see picture 2). Keep overlapping the original circle until you are out of coils.

Once your Slinky is transformed into an organizer place it on your desktop or kitchen counter for those commonly used items such as, notepaper, stamps, business cards, coupons and clipped recipes. You can even use the very center to hold pens and pencils. Take time today to put that old Slinky to good use!

What other household items do you hate throwing away but aren't sure how to put to good use? I take requests!

Until next time keep it simple and clutter-free! -Jamie

Jamie Novak, The World’s Most Relatable Organizer, is author of "Stop Throwing Money Away: Turn Clutter to Cash, Trash to Treasure—And Save the Planet While You're at It." Please visit her website at JamieNovak.com.

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Comments (4)

  • Did you have a Slinky as a child? No batteries, no cord, only the possibility of tangling it.

  • Yes, I did have a slinky (like everyone else!) and think I still have one. Great idea on re-using as a home/office organizer! I think that looking ahead, you'll have to come up with new uses for the new Silly Band craze. Although I guess that one is a bit easier...thanks!

  • No kidding Clara, Silly Bands are simply *everywhere* I think of them as the 2010 version of the Pet Rock - remember those?

  • Jamie,
    I hate to throw away the thin, plastic rectangle liners that come in bacon packages. What kinds of uses could you find for those?

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