When you think of sneaky you usually think of something that is secret or hidden from you. Actually, the most common sneaky-use application is hiding your valuable belongings from others.
Sneakier Uses For Everyday Things
- Hollowed-out candle
- Tissue container
- Trash container base
- Video or audio cassette shell
- Watch case
- Inner pocket
- DVD case
- Between magazine pages
- Inside a candy box
- Ironing board padding
- Bag within a bag
Source & Image: From the Book “Sneakier Uses For Everyday Things” by Cy Tymony
I myself would forget about the DVD/CD case idea (as well as VHS and video game cases). If kids are breaking in, they love to scoop those things up to sell for quick cash.
More Ideas For Hiding Things
- Store items in food containers to keep in the fridge, pantry or freezer. This only works well if you regularly have a lot of items and containers for them to go through.
- Cut a hole behind a floor baseboard and stash valuables in there. Make sure that the baseboard is back in place perfectly.
- Pull off the rubber ends on the ironing board leg and voila! a tube for hiding.
- Money envelope hidden behind or tucked up inside wall calendars.
- Feminine Napkin or Tampon Boxes (keep them full of product).
- Inside rolls of toilet paper, the bottom ones kept stacked in packaging.
- A toy box filled with toys.
- Fill a sock and put in the dirty clothes hamper.
- ‘False’ Shampoo or hairspray bottles (just clean and empty a used bottle–not a clear plastic one!)
- Spice & herb bottles: empty out and wash well, paint glue all over the inside then fill the bottle with spices again. Dump whatever the glue didn’t hold. You want the spice bottle to look like it’s full of spice. Fill the bottle with valuables in a plastic bag once the glue and spices are completely dried.
- Used deodorant stick containers and toothpaste tubes (cut the end, clean well, roll up).
- If you’re handy, build a false ceiling, wall or floor in a small room.
- In amongst the Christmas decorations
- Buy two cheap, thin identical floor mats, glue together but leave a pocket edge open to tuck money envelopes in. Seal the pocket with double sided tape.
- If you live in a warm climate where it doesn’t freeze over winter–bury your stash in the backyard
Places That Aren’t Really Safe To Hide Things
- The master bedroom. Everyone stores their valuables in there.
- The medicine cabinet. Thieves typically love prescription pills.
- Inside and under dresser drawers. Too common.
- Underneath mattresses and along bed frames. Again, too common.
- Bedroom closets and clothes pockets–one of the first places to ransack.
- A locked fire safe or locked briefcase–both can be picked up and left with to be broken into somewhere else. If you have a safe, make sure it’s bolted down tight.
A Good Idea
- Have a ‘secret’ jewelry box or box of some kind sitting on the dresser or tucked away in a dresser drawer. Put some cash in there and cheap jewelry, maybe even a small key that doesn’t open anything. This is your decoy and will hopefully let the thief think he found the stash he’s looking for. Have it full of ‘junk’ that looks valuable, the more the better.
Also have a few different hiding spots. That way not everything will be stolen if only one or two spots are found.
Did You Know
- Some thieves break into homes looking for spare keys to the house, garage and car to steal or break into later? Don’t leave spare keys in an obvious place.
Wherever you hide your stash–keep it to yourself & make sure to remember where it is!