A group of us was given three minutes to list as many ways we could think of using a paperclip. Our list started slowly at first and then sped up. Here are some of the first to make the list:

• In place of a button


• Necklace

• Picture hanger

• Open the compartment with the sim card

• Bend into stick figures

• Hold pieces of paper together

• Hairpin

• Money clip

• Zipper pull replacement

• Key ring

• Untangle a knot

• Bookmark

• Clip on something to a belt loop

• Scarf pin

• Eyeglass repair

• …

Kind of amazing, isn’t it to “think outside the box”, to get creative, to play off each other’s ideas, to remove limitations.

What are some other ideas you have?


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