If you're reading this while you're at work, take a look at your desk. You probably have a few things kicking around in your pen cup or office drawer that can be put to good use in the kitchen! Here are 7 ideas that repurpose traditional office supplies into useful kitchen tools.
1. Binder Clips
Binder clips can help keep packages of cereal and snacks securely closed, and you can even use them to help keep your beverages from rolling around in the fridge.
2. Sheet Protectors
Keep precious passed-down recipes or oddly-shaped recipes you rip out from magazines protected and clean with sheet protectors. Another bonus is that you can file these away in a binder instead of having them loosely floating around.
3. Folder Sorter
Turned on its side, a folder or file sorter can organize pots, pans, or baking dishes so that they don't sit in one ungainly pile. Use it right-side up to organize baking sheets, muffin pans, and cooling racks.
4. Name Tags
Name tags make easy labels for jars or pantry organizers. You can also wrap them around toothpicks to make signs for the different cheeses on a cheese platter!
Chefs have adopted Sharpie pens into professional kitchens for a long time, and we've happily followed suit. Having a Sharpie around makes labeling and organizing a snap.
6. Mouse Pads
Mouse pads can offer a firmer grip to help open a stubborn jar, work as a trivet or coaster, or even line cabinets!
7. Rubber Bands
Colorful rubber bands wrapped around a slippery glass will keep it from falling out of your hands, especially if condensation forms on the outside. They can also be used to tag glasses like wine charms!
What office products have you put to work in your kitchen?
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