15 Places You Can Hide Your Secrets....

key hidden under wooden boards

Some things aren’t meant to be shared, like your social security card number, your bank account number, or the location of your mad money stash. Check out these ways to keep your secrets secure in the safety of your home.

Hiding in Plain Sight

Sure, you can go all old school pirate and bury your treasures outside in a trunk, but before you draw yourself a map with an 'X' that marks the spot, consider some other locations inside the house that might be a little easier to access. And maybe not so obvious to the neighbors.

Now we can't get into the mind of a burglar, but we're thinking that a bucket of kitty litter or a shelf of old paint cans are probably low on their list of places to search for hidden valuables. Hiding things in plain sight is an old trick, but an effective one. No cat or recent projects that result in excess paint cans lying around? No problem. The same can be done with an old vacuum cleaner and any other item in the house that wouldn't pique the interest of someone looking to steal.

Plant parents have beautiful displays to protect their treasures. Planters with lush fronds of a Boston fern make great hiding places for a spare key to the safe. Or you can go the other way and let your plants die, showcasing your lack of garden skills while hiding your secrets under the mass of dead foliage. (Our sincere apologies if we've touched upon a sore subject. Before moving on with this article, you might want to check out this list of houseplants for bad gardeners.)

wooden chest haf burried in sand

Buried Treasure

Of course, we're not dissing the old-school pirate life. By all means, go outside and bury your treasure in an inconspicuous spot where you can attach your treasure receptacle to an anchor piece like a rock or other material that blends in with the surroundings. The right kind of glue designed for outdoor use is critical, lest your anchor piece become dislodged and you lose sight of your well-thought-out hiding place.

More than Ye Olde Cookie Jar in the Kitchen...

A false bottom drawer that normally stores utensils is a great disguise for things rattling around inside. You're not relegated to simply the inside of the drawer though. Remove the whole thing and attach your secrets to the drawer's back or underside, making sure it doesn't stick when pulled open. Otherwise, you may have just clued would-be burglars to the location.

Try going low—down to the floor. The grill at the bottom of the fridge or dishwasher disguises a fair amount of storage, but do a little investigative work before using it to ensure you’re not blocking anything that could potentially damage your appliance.

If you don’t want to risk damage to your appliances, there’s always the toe kicks under the cabinets. They cover up a decent sized gap for lots of hiding space. It may take a little carpentry skill, but not more than the average DIYer already possesses.

man hiding metal cases under floorboards

True Hidey Holes

Got more carpentry skills you’re looking to exercise? Create a false stair tread or a floating shelf that doubles as hidden storage. Or go all out with a hidden door that leads to a floor safe or even one behind the wall.

Key Stash

Don’t get caught out in the rain next time you lose your keys. If you’re worried about potential burglers finding your spares, go for some hiding places that aren’t quite as obvious as the fake plastic rock. These days you can find hideaways shaped like sprinkler heads or plumbing pipes. Install a phony line box if you'd rather hide things in plain sight. A fake conduit will give it more authenticity.

Prefer to keep the visual to a minimum? Attach the key inside a vent with a magnet. A little creativity goes a long way.

With so many places to hide your secrets, you may just need that pirate treasure map to lead you to all the different places where you've hidden things. That would be wise, as long as you don't forget where you've stashed the map!