2016 Update: We still stand by these tips for other uses for office supplies, and links have been updated below — you can also check out our newer discussion on ways to repurpose office supplies here.
Have you found any good ways to use office supplies for other uses? It’s like reader J is reading my mind…
How about a story on re-purposing office supplies for fashion/lifestyle uses when you’re in a pinch? For example, using binder clips while commuting to fold up pants that were hemmed for high heels, using scotch tape instead of a band-aid to prevent blisters when shoes start to rub, notebook paper as blotting papers, etc.
Somehow this came up at a recent bridal shower I attended, and my friends and I had a great time trying to think of other uses for office supplies. Thanks to my friends N and G for helping me brainstorm! (Pictured: Coloured Paperclips, originally uploaded to Flickr by Dysanovic.) Here are our MacGyver-ish suggestions…
- Use a Fed Ex mailing label as a lint brush. Just peel off the backing, and start sticking it on your clothes.
- Use White Out to touch up your French manicure, if needed.
- Use a black Sharpie to hide shoe scuffs, or even small tears in leather — it’ll work until you get to the cobbler to get the problem fixed.
- In a pinch, use binder clips to hem your pants. It won’t be pretty, but it’s better than nothing on a rainy day.
- Use a pen or pencil to put your hair in a bun — it’s kinder to your hair than a rubberband. (We like Twist Me Pretty’s‘s video tutorial of how to do it — if you’ve found anything better, please let us know!)
- Use packing tape if your shirt is gaping and you don’t have Hollywood tape — just fold it double.
- Use a piece of folded-up paper if you have something stuck between your teeth and no floss — for some reason Post-It notes work really well.
- Use a paperclip to make your bra a racerback — handy in a pinch if you’re going from desk to dinner and your going-out outfit needs a racerback bra.
- As reader J suggests, use notepaper if you don’t have any blotting papers.
- As reader J suggests, use Scotch tape in place of a Band-aid if your shoes are starting to create blisters.
Bonus tip for men: Use paper clips in place of collar stays.
Readers,what are your favorite “in a pinch” uses for office supplies?