Clever Ways to Make Magnets Even More Useful in Your Home Office

While it's true that magnets are a hard drive's worst enemy, you can make them work for you in a myriad of clever ways that go beyond simple magnet boards and hooks. Pair any one of these cunning ideas with a magetic wall, and you'll be on your way to organization nirvana. 1 & 2. Make your own super-customizable calendar with a bunch of specially decorated magnets. This set, from designer Serhiy Chebotaryov, can be easily reproduced in your office with some computer-generated graphics and an inexpensive button maker.

3. The Endo is a one-piece "clip" that, unlike more common kitchen clips, won't put any pressure on your cords. Use it to hang cord slack behind a metal desk, or to store headphones, an iPod or anything else with wires. $9.99-$14.99 for a three pack (depending on color) at theendo.com.

4. You've probably seen the binder clip trick to keep cords stable at the side of your desk, but this magnet tip from a Lifehacker reader takes the whole setup a bit further, allowing you to easily take your cords with you. Just use electrical tape to strap a small but strong magnet to the inside of a binder clip, and let metal-ended power and USB cords hang tight. Pull off the clip's tabs for an even sleeker look.

5. If you have a set of Buckyballs at your desk for entertaining yourself during long calls, you can make them do double duty as office organizers. Use a few magnets together to sort paper clips, note pads, business cards or yet-to-be-sorted mail. Buckybigs are $14.95 for 8, or grab the 6-pack Desk Dots pictured here at Perpetual Kid for $14.99.

6. Multi-purpose a magnetic kitchen knife rack in the office to stash scissors, craft knives or tiny supplies in small spice containers. For a little extra credit, cover it in contact paper that matches your personal style, like Curbly Editor-in-Chief Chris Gardner did in his space.

7. Hang your iPad by the magnets in its smart cover. Hang it off a wall or file cabinet to play movies or music while you work. Or if you have a metal shelf, your suspended iPad can function like a second monitor for side tasks or reference materials.

(Images: 1 & 2. Serhiy Chebotaryov via Behance, 3. The Endo, 4. Lifehacker, 5. Perpetual Kid, 6. Chris Gardner for Apartment Therapy, 7. Apartment Therapy)

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