How to Hide Things in Your Home


A good hiding place helps protect your valuables and privacy. Properly packaging the things you want to hide can be just as important as where you hide them. Mold, mildew and animals can destroy items that are not packaged well. Once you have packaged your items, choose a disguise or place to hide them. Be creative when you look for hiding places and consider how frequently you need access to the item.

Things You'll Need

  • Zip-lock bags
  • Moisture absorbing packets

Package the Item

  • Buy moisture absorbing packets and a water-tight container, such as a zip-lock bag or medicine bottle.

  • Put the item and a moisture absorbing packet in a plastic, water-tight container. The container keeps the item clean and dry, and the packet prevents mold and mildew.

  • Seal the bag. Try not to trap too much air inside. Smaller items are easier to hide.

Disguise the Item

  • Choose a disguise that blends in with the surroundings. For example, do not try to hide the item in a cereal box if you want to keep it in your bedroom.

  • Disguise the bag that contains the item. For example, this could be as simple as putting it inside a container of flour, diversion safe or discarded child's toy. Diversion safes look like the actual product and are weighted to feel full. (See References 2) Sometimes a disguise is enough to hide an item.

  • Place the disguised item in the appropriate setting. For example, if you put cash inside of a child's toy, put the toy back in the child's room with all of the other toys.

Hide the Item

Tips & Warnings

  • Rent a safety deposit box at your local bank, insure your valuables, and put most of your money in the bank.
  • Leave some cash in regular, handy places. If a burglar finds it, he may think that he has found everything and leave.
  • Consider locking some items, like a hand gun, in a home safe that is bolted down rather than hiding it.
  • Do not hide anything inside of valuable items, like electronics, that a burglar may steal.
  • Be careful not to create fire hazards by hiding items inside or near electronics.

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