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

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

Taryn Williford
Jul 26, 2012

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

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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