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The thought of a predator breaking into your home and grabbing your valuables is enough to scare many people into safety measures like an expensive alarm system or a large, barking dog. But even if you already have what you consider a safe home, your valuables may still be at risk.
What about home maintenance professionals or other workers who come and go during home projects? Maybe your broken cousin, whom you never trusted, bullied you into staying a few nights in the guest room over the holidays. Even friends’ fingers can get sticky when it comes to expensive jewelry or a roll of cash in a drawer or cupboard.
The days of hiding money under mattresses are long gone, replaced by all kinds of nifty places where you can sometimes keep valuables in plain sight. Therefore, knowing about the hidden secret places around the house can be useful for you.
Read on to discover clever ways to hide valuables around the house.
A word of caution about stashing cash at home
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Keeping some cash on hand is generally a good idea for many people, but don’t take the tips in this article to mean that it’s wise to store large amounts of cash at home—especially when inflation is high.
So if you’re looking for a safe place to stash thousands of dollars or more, consider a high-yield savings account or CD or inflation-protected government bond such as a Series I bond instead.
However, for clever ways to hide small amounts of cash — and many other valuables — consider the following options.
1. Behind the Clock
Wall clocks usually have battery compartments on the back of the face. But some have additional compartments or hollow spaces in the back that are ideal for stashing extra keys or cash.
You can find the perfect stash watch at a retail store or even a good deal on one at a garage sale. But if you want one made specifically for stash, you can also find a good selection of watch safes on Amazon and other online marketplaces.
2. Tennis Ball
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If you have tennis balls around the house, these hollow balls make for a hiding place for small valuables you want to keep out of sight.
Cut a narrow slit in one side or along the top of the tennis ball and you have a hiding place, as we detail in “8 Smart Ways to Use Tennis Balls Around the House.” If you’re a dog owner, though, remember which tennis ball you shouldn’t throw at Fido.
3. False-bottom drawer
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If you’re moderately handy and know how to operate a table saw safely, you can create a false bottom in a dresser or other cabinet drawer that creates a few inches of space to stash valuables. .
For step-by-step instructions, watch this video from life hack YouTube channel The King of Random on how to build a false-bottom drawer that can fool anyone.
4. Fake Food or Beverage Container
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Well, you might not be wearing safety glasses to operate the table saw, and your dog has all the tennis balls you need. But that doesn’t mean you can’t buy a ready-made container of secret concealer to stick in the back of your pantry or medicine cabinet.
You’ll find all kinds of hollow concealer containers designed to look like something else — including soup and vegetable cans, water bottles, and salt boxes — on Amazon. Outside the pantry, there are containers of sunscreen, shaving cream, and even tire cleaning foam.
Of course, if you’re up for a DIY project, you may be able to make your own twist safe, as these hiding places are sometimes called.
5. Empty paint can
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If you have a nearly empty paint can in the garage or basement, you can scrape off any remaining paint and wash and dry the inside. Now you have a place to keep all kinds of valuables, documents or other items that you don’t want to see.
6. Under the Liner of an Old Tennis Shoe
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If there’s one thing in life you can be sure of, it’s that no one wants to take a single breath of your stinky tennis shoes. In other words, vintage sneakers are the perfect place to stash cash under the sole liner.
Smooth the bills and flatten them under the liners of tennis shoes you never wear. Then hide them with other old shoes used for lawn work or gardening.
7. Buried in a potted plant
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Potted plants bring greenery to your home, release oxygen and even remove toxins from the air inside your home. But did you know that potted plants can also serve as a hiding place for cash and valuables? For example, you can roll up cash, fill it in an empty prescription medicine bottle and bury it in the pot.
Be careful what you bury in that clay soil, though. The last thing you need is to ruin an expensive watch that got wet because of water seeping into the container.
8. Cat Litter Tub
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Even the most dedicated cat thief isn’t going to scratch in a tub of (unused) cat litter looking for valuables to steal. Therefore, keep jewelry, cash or other valuables in a sealed plastic or glass container and bury your stockpile several inches from the top.
Then set up this spotless hiding spot in the corner of the basement or closet, where it looks like just another essential supply every cat owner has.
9. Above Basement Ceiling Tiles
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If you have square ceiling tiles in your basement, they probably have at least 3 inches of space above them—and they’re easy to remove and put back without leaving any signs of tampering.
While you don’t want to put heavy items on top of ceiling tiles, there are plenty of other items you can hide in there. Money, jewelry and important documents to name a few. Just make yourself a note about which ceiling tile you’ve chosen so you don’t spend an entire weekend trying to locate Grandma’s inheritance brooch or your cousin’s property documents.
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