These expert tricks and surprising uses for clothespins will simplify your life in one simple clamp.
1. Keep fingers safe.
Pinch a match with a spring-type clothespin to light fireplaces and tricky candle votives.
2. Light-proof your hotel room.
Clip hotel drapes together to keep out glaring rays (and eyes).
3. Separate these cords.
Label clothespins with permanent marker (TV, DVR, DVD, Stereo, Phone, etc.), and use them to identify the cords that belong to each appliance.
4. Align your garden.
Wedge a clothespin into the fork (or the spot where a branch and the trunk meet) to keep saplings growing straight and strong.
5. Mark your spot.
Clamp a pin onto a page in a book to save your place. If you’re part of a book club, clip together your favorite chapter for an easy way to flip and find.
6. Organize the closet.
Drape up to four ties or scarves across the bottom of a wire hanger and fix each in place with a pin.
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