Whether plastic or wood, these old laundry standbys have loads of household potential beyond the clothesline.
I can remember being a child at my grandmother's house and helping her hang the laundry from a line that stretched the length of the backyard. She would hoist a sheet up to the line and I would hand her a clothespin from the pin bag as we worked side by side.
Then when we were finished I would grab of few of those clothespins and get crafting. With a little creativity, you can transform the clothespins into whimsical works of art. On a rainy day, dig out your craft supplies and let your imagination run wild. These household helpers can be turned into little people, , or giant snapping bugs running after my little sister.
Household Uses for Clothespins
Now that I am grown I can appreciate those little clothespins even more for all of the help they can give around the house.
If your vacuum cord keeps retracting on its own. Clip a clothespin onto the cord up near the vacuum. The clip will keep the cord extended out instead of all twisted and knotted together.
Speaking of cords, label the side of some clothespins and use them to identify cords on your electronic equipment, you won't have to crawl under your desk or behind the TV cabinet pulling on cords to figure out which connects to which device. Plus, the clothespins won't damage the cords because they have a channel near the top that's the perfect size for those cords to slip through.
Ironing pleats can be a real pain, but if you clip a clothespin onto the bottom of each pleat
you'll not only be able to see where they are and where they're supposed to be, but they'll be much easier to iron as well. And if you don't have any straight pins on hand, use a clothespin to hold a hem in place while you stitch the hem back together.
In the kitchen, clothespins are an inexpensive way to close up bags
to keep food fresher longer.
Looking for a cute way to display your children's artwork? Thumbtack a line of string or yarn across one wall and use clothespins to attach their works in faux-clothesline fashion.
You can also glue magnets to the back of clothespins to hold important papers or kids' drawings on the fridge
Use a clothespin to hold a tiny nail
so you can easily drive it into place.
Clip your shoes or socks together with clothespins
so you don't have to hunt down the other half of a pair.
In the office, use clothespins to keep stacks of papers together
if you're out of binder clips.
Turn an ordinary hanger into a skirt hanger
with the use of a couple of strategically placed clothespins.
Use a pair of clothespins to secure the edges of a garbage bag
to the rim of the pail so it won't slip down.
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