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10 Tricks for Creatively Hiding Your Stuff

September 03, 2009 | 24,487 views

clear clutter, organized10. Draw useful information on book edges

Terrible with names? Can't remember the lunch specials at your favorite take-out spot? These kinds of reminders, the kind you don't necessarily want everyone to know you use, are perfect for the edge of a Moleskine, a paperback, or, if appearances aren't that important, your tourist guidebook.

9. Keep cat litter inconspicuous

You can turn an entryway storage unit or a storage bin that fits under a sink into litter boxes that use discrete space and won't necessarily make those rooms less pleasant.

8. Make a cable-free workspace

Do a little creative stashing of those cables and cords. Here a cordless workspace idea that’s a good starting point.

7. Hide webapp features you don't need

Greasemonkey, the custom JavaScript-tweaking add-on for Firefox, gives you the power to hide SearchWiki buttons, and kill Gmail sidebar clutter and footer text.

6. Keep certain files out of Windows' Recent Documents

NirSoft Utilities' FileTypesMan is a powerful tool which can, for example, keep any videos you've played from being interspersed with actual text documents, spreadsheets, or emails you need access to.


5. Stash your money safely

A fake wall outlet safe or hollowed-out book are the traditional (and fun) ways to stash your small stuff, but there are other good money-hiding suggestions out there.

4. Hide the Mac Dock and menu bar

Those who want to maximize their screen real estate for Photoshop or keep their desktop looking clean and minimalist can do so with these step-by-step editing instructions.

3. Stash your workspace when you aren't using it

A simple collapsing desk can do the job, but a fold-away desk grants more usable space when work is done.

2. Hide sensitive files

Don't rely on pocket thumb drives or craftily-named, deeply-hidden files. Download and use the best free methods of protecting private files, like TrueCrypt, 7-Zip, and other methods of password-protecting, encrypting, or archiving those files meant for your eyes only.

1. Hide sensitive data inside files

Steganography uses both raw mathematic power and clever social disguising to hide data inside harmless-looking files, like digital pictures, generically titled Word documents, and other items not destined to be picked through.

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