Old Vacuum Cleaner
Stop by your neighborhood tag sales this weekend and chances are you'll come across an old canister-style vacuum cleaner. Simply remove the bag inside and clean it up to create your hidden storage. Keep it in an untidy corner of the garage or closet, and you'll further ensure thieves pass it by.
You probably wouldn't want to store anything in your actual air vents because it could interrupt air flow. Instead, consider installing a false air vent made to stash cash and other valuables. Thieves who need to be out of your house fast likely won't take the time to unscrew them.
Similar to an air vent, a false electrical outlets can fit small items like gemstones and cash. Just make sure you purchase a design that matches your other outlets and that you place it in a logical location. Also, when installing, cut only the wall where it is hollow—not where there is a stud.
If the tiles in your kitchen or bathroom measure at least 3" by 3", you can hide a small storage compartment behind it. Pull off one tile and cut a hole in the wall that's slightly smaller than the tile. Then attach a small plastic bin to the back of the tile and replace. Use a suction cup to grab the tile when you need access.
Inside a Water Bottle
An innocent-looking plastic bottle can hold more than just water. Consider stocking your fridge with this one from Stun Security: With a sealed cap, you can fill it with actual water. But pull it apart, and a secret dry compartment behind the label is revealed, perfect for storing jewelry and other small items.
In a Clock
This generic wall clock from Street Wise both appears pretty thrifty and hides your cash. Lift the clock face to reveal a small storage area for cash, keys, USB storage devices, and other valuables. And so as to not draw suspicion, it actually works. Hang it high and raise your chances thieves will pass it by.
False Bottomed Drawer
Creating a false bottom in a dresser drawer is a quick and easy DIY project. Cut a piece of plywood to the right dimensions and glue wine corks, or something similarly sized, in the bottom corners of the drawer to support the false bottom. Keep the compartment shallow to make it less suspicious to an intruder.
Repurpose a spent marker or a used-up lip balm into a sneaky hiding spot for cash or small notes. Carry it in your pocket or keep it on your desk – no one will ever think to check for valuables there.
A wall niche is a design feature you can use to your covert advantage. You’d never guess that behind this trendy designer mirror is a secret compartment. Fitted with some drawer sliding hardware, it rolls away to reveal whatever you want to keep hidden.
Hiding things in plain site is one of the best ways to beat a thief. This IKEA potted plant hack is a clever way to stash everyday valuables. All you need for this DIY is some dirt, a craft knife, a yogurt tub, and some hot glue. No one will guess what you’re hiding inside. Just remember not to water it!
For more on home security, consider:
10 Low Cost Ways to Improve Your Home Security
9 Ways to Safeguard Your House Before a Vacation
New & Notable: 8 High-Tech Home Security Gadgets
If you have the money to hire a handyman for every household woe, go ahead. But if you want to hang on to your cash and exercise some self-sufficiency, check out these clever products that solve a million and one little problems around the house. Go now!