10 Secret Hiding Places Already in your Home
How to Hide Things in Your Room
If you have a love note, a diary, or another secret object you want to keep away from nosy parents, siblings, or roommates, you’ll have to get creative. Avoid obvious hiding spots and make sure you keep track of the spots you choose. Common items, like picture frames and old pill bottles, can make great hiding spots, as can old toys and games.
Picking the Perfect Hiding Spot
Avoid common hiding places.Sock drawers, pillowcases, and the area under your bed are all pretty obvious places. Think about the hiding places you would search first if you were looking for something, then steer clear of those.
- When searching for something, people tend to look in the most obvious places first. If you hide something in such a place, someone will find it.
Pick spots where your family members or roommates are least likely to go.If someone seldom visits a room, then they are not likely going to come across whatever it is that you are hiding. For example, if no one ever goes into the basement or the linen closet, then those are safe hiding options. Some bad examples include:
- If your sister comes into your room to use your lotion every morning, an old lotion bottle probably isn’t the best hiding spot.
- If your roommate likes to borrow books from your bookshelf, you should probably hide your secret notes elsewhere.
Go for places that you can access pretty easily.This is important if you want to take out your secret items often. If getting to your hiding spot could cause a loud avalanche in your closet, attracting the attention of parents and snooping siblings, you should probably pick a different location.
- In the same way, you should be able to reach an item without taking everything out of your drawers or tearing up your bookcase.
Remember your hiding spots.If you have many different hiding spots, keeping track of all your goodies could get confusing. Write a simple note in your phone or computer to help you remember. If you want to write down your hiding places on paper, you’ll need to hide the paper, too.
- Keep your note vague to throw off nosy family members. For example, if you hid a secret letter in the pages of the book Tom Sawyer, you could simply write “Tom” in your notes to remind you.
- You can also use little tricks to help you remember your hiding spots. If you hid your money in the pocket of a green shirt in your closet, you could think: “Money is green, and so I hid my money in the green shirt.”
Using Common Items as Hiding Spots
Use the battery compartments of your electronics to stash tiny items.If you have a few electronic devices that you don’t use much anymore, like a beaten-up radio or an old gaming console, take out the batteries and slide your tiny valuables into the battery compartment. Then, replace the back.
- Make sure that no one else uses these items. If someone tries to use the remote and it doesn't work, the first thing they'll do is check the battery compartment.
Slip flat items into the back of picture frames.Open your picture frame and take out the cardboard backing. Then, place small, flat items, like secret notes or cash, on top of the picture. Replace the cardboard backing, and you’ve got an awesome hiding place.
- This may also work for framed mirrors, as long as they have a backing, like on a picture frame.
Put items in empty product containers.Old containers, like empty deodorant sticks, sunscreen bottles, or pill containers, are great places to house your treasures. Large lotion bottles can work well for bigger items.
- Make sure that this isn't an item that everyone else in your house uses. If they realize that the contain is empty, they may toss it--along with whatever it is that you're hiding.
- Use this for personal items, such as a lotion bottle in your room that onlyyouuse.
Stash goodies in the soil of potted plants.Put your goodies in plastic baggies and bury them in the soil of your potted plants. If you don’t have any, it may be a good idea to buy one or two for secret stashing.
- Make sure the baggie is tightly sealed. You don’t want soil and water ruining your treasures!
- This can also work outside. Place an inconspicuous stone or figurine (such as a lawn gnome) over the hiding spot to mark it.
Store items between your trash can and the trash bag.Take out the trash bag and put some of your goodies in the trash can. Then, replace the trash bag on top. Who would think to look for your most prized possessions in the garbage?
- Only use this method if you take out your own trash. If your mom or dad does it, then they could find your secret stash!
Put some goodies in the pockets of your clothing.Pick a few neglected pieces of clothing in the back of your closet and slip some goodies into their pockets. Make sure you remember the clothes you selected so you don’t accidentally donate them or give them to little siblings.
- Get into the habit of double-checking the pockets of anything you plan on donating, just in case youdidhide something that you forgot about.
- Keep the items small and discrete. A folded up dollar bill in a coat pocket don't be noticeable, but a large, bulky candy bar or toy will.
Slide flat items between the pages of books.This method is great for notes, cash, and cards. It’ll work better if you have lots of books in your room, because most snoopers aren’t going to take the time to flip through each one.
- You could make a tiny marking on the chosen book so you’ll remember which one you picked.
- You can buy a hollow book safe in stores or online to stash non-flat items. It looks just like a real book!
Stashing Items in Old Toys and Games
Use an old board game box to stash valuables.If you have a board game you never play anymore, empty out the contents of the box and replace them with your secret items. Then, put the box in the back of your closet.
- Board game boxes are great for stashing bigger items.
Store goodies inside an old stuffed animal.Pick a teddy you’re willing to sacrifice to the cause. Make a little cut along a seam and slip in your items. If the cut is big, you may have to sew it back up so the stuffing doesn’t leak out.
- Place it with its fellow stuffed animals so it blends right in.
Use a tennis ball for tiny items.Using a pair of scissors, cut a small opening in a tennis ball. Squeeze it to widen the slit, then slide small goodies through the slit and into the tennis ball. Throw the tennis ball into an unassuming location, like the back of your closet, behind your bed, or with your sports stuff.
- To retrieve the items, simply squeeze the ball again to widen the slit, and shake the items out. If they are stuck, you may have to use your fingers or tweezers.
QuestionWhat if my mom keeps taking my money and she knows every single possible hiding spot, evn looks in my jewelry boxes and goes in my closet all the time?Community AnswerThis is very serious. If you're a minor, you may want to talk to another adult about this. If you're not, consider taking legal action. Some ideas, otherwise, are: keep your money at someone else's house, hide your things in a different room, keep your money on you at all times or get a lockable safe.Thanks!
QuestionI just want to have something to hide for fun, what could it be?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerHide sweets (that don't perish), so you forget about them. Then, when you find them by accident you will eat them.Thanks!
QuestionWhere can I hide stuff (money) from my 7-year-old sisters who spend more time in my room than I do and know all my hiding spots?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhy not hide it in THEIR room? They wouldn't think to look there! You could also hollow out a book, create a secret compartment, and hide it there.Thanks!
QuestionI write letters to people to release anger. I never send them, but I hide them. I don't want my parents or siblings to find them, where do you think I should hide them?Lou MasackyCommunity AnswerIf you want to keep them, hide them between pages of books that you are sure no one will touch. You can also just destroy them after writing them. Usually the anger is released after the writing and there's no need to keep them.Thanks!
QuestionWhere should I hide a sketchbook with art in it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI hide mine inside my bean bag chair. You just have to make sure you hide it deep in the middle or at the very bottom where no one will feel it if they sit down.Thanks!
QuestionWhere should I hide something if my parents know me and my hiding spots really well?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFind a new place to hide your objects, a place that usually wouldn't even cross your mind. You can even hide something in your backyard, put it in a box or a bag and bury it. Or, have a friend look after it if you can trust that friend.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I hide things to keep them away from a 4 year old?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPut the item on a high shelf if it is small enough to fit there. If it is large, then put it somewhere the child is not allowed to go.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I hide my lingerie from my parents?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFind a old pair of jeans and stuff the lingerie in the legs, then put the jeans into a bag you would take to where you're going. If your parents question you, just say look at my stuff and have the jeans neatly folded in a jeans pile. If they question the old jeans, say it may be messy because you're helping paint or doing hobby work with them.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if my sister discovers it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAsk her if she wants you to go through her room to find her secret stash. When she says no, say that you both make a pact to keep one another's things secret and not tell anyone else in the family. If she refuses, tell her the item isn't yours or grab it off her and hide it somewhere totally away from your room so that nobody can find it.Thanks!
QuestionCan I hide phones under my bed?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can try. Maybe you can put shoe boxes under your bed and real shoes in the front and reachable boxes and secret items in the boxes behind.Thanks!
To hide things in your room, try putting things inside a board game boy or inside an old stuffed animal. If the item is small, try stashing it in the battery compartment of an electronic device or in an empty lotion bottle. Alternatively, flat items can be slipped into the back of picture frames of between the pages of a book. You can also put the item in a sealed plastic bag and bury it in the soil of a houseplant so that it’s completely covered.
- Hiding things in pillowcases is usually not that effective. It’s an obvious hiding spot, plus it can be super uncomfortable.
- Be sure not to hide your treasures in something that someone might use or throw out, like a tissue box.
- To confuse parents and siblings, put your secret items in a box labeled "school supplies."
- Depending on the item, you can hide them in the back of old stuffed animals.
- Hide money and other items of similar dimensions under the pads in your sneakers.
- Hiding things in between your clothes are some good places. Don't hide things in your socks or underwear drawers because everyone knows those hiding spots.
- If you have a ceiling fan with a central hub, you can tape small things to the top side of the central hub. Make sure that you can turn on the fan without it falling off.
- Hide small things in decorative pots or lamp shades.
- Hide small flat items behind hanging picture frames.
- If your parents or RA find illegal or prohibited items, there could be serious consequences.
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