It’s always fun to discover new uses for everyday objects. I recently stumbled upon one of these ideas in the article “Double-duty household items: reader tips” in the November issue of Real Simple magazine:
magnetic paper-clip dispenser
Original purpose: Controlling desktop clutter.
AHA! use: Corralling bobby pins. Collect stray pins from the bottom of your bathroom drawers and stash them in this handy container.
Reward: A bathroom vanity that’s neat as a pin.
Salt Lake City, Utah
I really like this idea, and I think that you could use these magnetic dispensers for storing more than bobby pins. Screws, safety pins, nails, washers — anything small and magnetic could easily be contained this way.
What inexpensive and clever solutions have you found in your home or office? Please tell us about them in the comments.