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7 New Uses for Old Clothespins

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Hanging your clothes on the line is just one of the many uses for those handy little spring-loaded clothespins, here's seven more you're going to love:

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1 Clothespins are an easy way to display a photo decoratively.

2 They can also act as free-standing frames.

3 Use a clothespin to label household baskets or containers with a slip of paper.

4 Or, just write directly on the clothespin!

5 They work well as stain markers.

6 Use them to label sheets by size.

7 Keep gloves together!

8 Never grab mismatched socks again.

9 Keep all errands paperwork together.

10 You can buy clothespins in bulk, or just use any leftovers you have around the house.

11 Don't underestimate the versatility of a clothespin!

12 You can even decorate them for a more festive look.

  • Got a cute photo you want to display? The easiest way is to clip in the teeth and stand the clothespin on its end. To hang the photo try this—add a small self-adhesive craft magnet to the backside of the clothespin then clip the photo on and hang it on the side of the refrigerator, filing cabinet or anywhere else you feel like displaying it.
  • No need to drag out the label maker to label your baskets- - easily identify what's inside using a clothespin. You can clip a paper to the basket or write directly on the clip. You can even organize at a glance by color coding your clothespins. A blue one clipped to the basket for knitting supplies and a red one clipped to the box for beading.
  • No more set in stains- - treat stains before running the article through the wash cycle, ruining your clothes. Just clip a clothespin to the area that needs to be treated as an impossible to miss reminder.
  • Stop wasting time trying to identify the full sheet set from the twin sheets—label them! Write the sheet size on the clothespin then clip it to the set.
  • Prevent piles of unmatched socks, really. Clip them together so they go through the laundering process together. The same goes for gloves, keep mates matched with a quick clip.
  • Running errands? Bring everything with you when you head out the door. Clip your list, coupons, store flier and everything else you need onto the clothespin then toss it in your tote.
  • Lastly, keep your potholders easy to reach by clipping them to a clothespin. You can use a dab of craft glue to glue the clothespins to the wall near the oven. For a less permanent option add a small self-adhesive craft magnet to the back of the clip and stick it to the side of your range.

Ready to get crafty? Try Martha's Clothespin Memo Rack.

Clothespins come in a wide variety of styles and colors. You can easily jazz up the standard wooden kind using stickers, paint, scrap booking supplies or a sliver of colorful gift wrap.

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 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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