Organizing/Travel Tip – Binder Clips

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I was digging around in my freezer this morning looking for frozen fruit so I could make a smoothie for my drive to the airport portable breakfast and thought “there has to be a better way to deal with all this stuff. I remembered a conversation about this from a few weeks ago with my friend, organizing guru Melinda Massie who had posted this gem a while back about using binder clips in the freezer.

I thought about three other uses I regularly have for binder clips that come in handy both at home and on the road:

  • Binder clips are great for keeping curtains firmly shut so no bright light seeps through.  (This is great in a hotel room when you need to sleep during daylight.)
  • Clipped onto a piece of furniture or other fixed object to keep a charger cable from getting lost while plugged in.  (I use one at home to keep my phone charger near my bedside table.)
  • In the inside of my rollaboard to keep my toiletries at the top of my bag.  (It’s clipped to the top end near the zipper so I can reach in and quickly pull them out at security.)

Beyond the intended purpose, what do you use binder clips for?  Please share in the comments.

About Jennifer Moody

Jennifer is a management consultant and avid volunteer. Her career and volunteer duty travels have helped her log top-tier airline and hotel status annually for the last eighteen years. In addition, she embraces the opportunity to maximize her vacation time by planning extracurricular trips that have taken her to over 60 countries and 47.5 US states. Although she averages 200 days a year on the road, she loves to return to “the homestead” in her native Fort Worth, Texas where she enjoys cooking, gardening, sewing, needlepoint, wine, and cocktail mixology.

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  1. I had never thought of using a binder clip at the top of my roller bag to keep my toiletries in place! I will definitely have to try that on my next travel adventure. Nothing is worse than trying to find my plastic bag lost in a sea of my clothes :).

  2. Huh. Never flying to Europe on a red eye again without a binder clip to keep the curtains shut while I nap after landing.

    • If only we could use binder clips to shut the galley curtain to filter out the FA chatter in the middle of the night! (Does that happen on UA like it does on AA??!!)

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