Sometimes, when I'm organising notes and documents, I like to group them together and use paper clips to hold those groups together. When I start stacking those groups of documents on top of each other, 1/a few stacks' paperclips push off.

How can I stop the paperclips from falling off the paper? Would I be best just to staple them together? I put them on exactly like the image below

To Clarify: I want to know how to stop it when there are multiple stacks, not 1 big stack.

Paper clip

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    Please clarify whether your paper clip falls of a given huge paper stack, or due to multiple stacks stored on top of each other?
    – holroy
    Commented Mar 18, 2015 at 22:32

3 Answers 3


That does indeed happen just as you describe. A staple would definitely solve the problem.

A few other options are paper clamps (shown below) or to use envelopes (large manilla) for groupings.

Paper clamp

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    And a battery? Weird Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 1:12
  • Disclaimer: picture is not mine! I think the battery is for scale.
    – Minnow
    Commented Mar 3, 2015 at 1:14

Paperclips are used for small stacks of paper. If you want to group together a larger stack of paper, I recommend the answer above, to use bulldog clips, as they clamp onto the papers as tight as possible.


Ruff the surface of the paperclip to create more surface area or get rubber coated ones. The problem with the first answer is that they don't stack well.

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