The Most Likely Places to Hide Things in Homes


Sometimes you need a good hiding spot for something, whether it's a wad of cash, a family heirloom, an extra set of house keys or a surprise gift. It pays to become familiar with and steer clear of hiding places considered to be the most obvious. Avoiding these places will prevent burglars, visitors or snooping children from finding what you want to protect or simply keep secret.

Under Mattresses and Beds

  • For years, people have hidden valuables and private possessions beneath the mattress. Money, magazines, private documents and even weapons have been stashed in what is such an often-used location that it has become one of the worst, if not the worst, hiding places of all. Any burglar or snoop worth his salt will make a beeline to the bedroom to see whether any valuable contents can be found.


  • A closet is for storage, making it another likely place to find things that have been hidden. This is precisely why you should steer clear of them. Kids know presents are often hidden in a closet, and robbers know people often keep personal documents and valuables such as jewelry in boxes and on shelves inside closets.

Jewelry Boxes

  • Due to the sometimes high value of their contents, jewelry boxes are like beacons pulling the attention of burglars. As a result, these boxes are at the top of the list of obvious hiding places to avoid using. Many who still prefer keeping all valuables together in one place still insist on placing entire jewelry collections, private documents and money in these pretty little boxes that should really be used only for items of little worth or significance.

Toilet Tanks

  • People have long hidden money, drugs and other valuable or incriminating objects inside toilet tanks. Items are placed in an air-tight bag and taped to the inside of the tank. While toilet tanks once made for an inconspicuous, clever hiding space, that is no longer the case due to widespread awareness of this now-common choice.

Nightstands and Dresser Drawers

  • Nightstands and dresser drawers have also become too often used as hiding places. Although it seems that a burglar or a simply curious person would have no interest in drawers intended for cosmetics and underwear, the awareness of how frequently items are shoved into socks and tangled in with T-shirts helps these drawers rank as one of the first places rummaged through.

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