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7 More Uses for Old Clothespins

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We've talked about seven ways to re-use those handy little spring loaded clothespins for more than hanging your clothes on the line—so here's seven more ideas to try:

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1 Clothespins are versatile and inexpensive.

2 You can buy in bulk and use them all around the house.

3 It's a cinch to keep loose papers organized.

4 Clothespins make fresh place card holders.

5 You can even use them to label food on a buffet table.

6 Never loose your place—or dog-ear another entire book—again!

7 Safety first: hold a nail in place and avoid risking injury!

8 Keep scarves together by gluing some clothespins to your closet wall or inside a wardrobe.

9 Add a magnet to the back and you can conveniently hold a recipe on the fridge while you cook.

10 Keep your spoon from slipping into the mixing bowl.


  • Stop shuffling and sorting papers. Instead clip them on a clothespin and write the next action you need to take like file, shred, RSVP, pay, etc.
  • Hosting a get together? Clothespins make perfect place card holders and you can even label the food on the buffet table. Consider decorating the clothespins to match the theme of the party.
  • Always losing your place in a book? A clothespin makes a great bookmark in novels, journals and even magazines or catalogs.
  • Prevent home repair injuries by using a clothespin to hold the nail as you hammer. Toss a clothespin or two into your tool kit and you'll never have a bruised thumb again.
  • Keep your scarves organized by gluing a few clothespins to the side wall of your wardrobe closet or on the inside of the closet door. Then, simply slip the scarves onto the clothespin—this works well for belts and ties too.
  • While cooking, keep your recipe front and center by clipping it to a clothespin. If you add a magnet to the backside you can hang the recipe from the range hood, microwave or refrigerator. Or using a dab of wood glue you can adhere a clothespin to the inside of a kitchen cabinet door—swing the door open to reveal your favorite recipe.
  • Finally, stop your spoon from slipping into the mixing bowl by resting it on a clothespin clipped to the side of the bowl.

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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Comments (9)

  • Can't decide which is my most favorite use.

  • How about the most obvious - bag clip? Cereal, coffee, rice, etc.

  • Thanks for the reminder Theresa :)

  • [...] Once you create your basket you can use a clothespin to label it, here’s the how-to from that clothespin post. [...]

  • concerning clip cloths pins - - -invert over a cup and clip a note into the mouth - - -sit on kitchen counter where everyone will be sure to see it

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