By Mary Mazzoni on Apr 24, 2013

10 Creative Ways to Reuse Extra Office Supplies

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Office supplies are often sold in bulk, meaning the majority of that 2,000-count box of paper clips may sit forgotten in the back of a desk. Help keep useful items from collecting dust or going to waste by finding creative ways to re-purpose office extras at home. Read on for 10 ideas we love.

Photo: Timothy Wikander via Instructables

Photo: Timothy Wikander via Instructables

1. Boost your smartphone with a rubber band grip

If you’re one of those bold smartphone users who opt out of protective cases, this creative hack from Timothy Wikander is perfect for adding extra grip where you need it.

Follow these simple steps to easily convert an unused rubber band from your desk into a handy grip – reducing the risk of smartphone accidents and preventing useful office supplies from going to waste. For more of Wikander’s smart and simple ideas, check him out on Instructables.

2. Use paper clips as tiny tools

The humble paper clip is ideal for using as a small tool to reach those tiny reset buttons on your electronics, or to unclog spray bottle nozzles on your cleaning supplies and beauty products. Bend them up a bit, and they work perfectly for hanging houseplants, party lanterns and other small objects around the house.

In a pinch, these oft-forgotten office supplies also serve as a stylist’s secret weapon for replacing broken zipper-pulls or keeping a torn hem in place until you get home.

Bottom line: Paper clips are always handy to have around the house, so be sure to save your extras from the office. You never know when you may need one! For even more ideas, check out this fun graphic from WonderHowTo.

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