Whether you've got a nosy spouse or a curious kid, you need a good hiding place to squirrel away those gifts until you find time to get them wrapped and under the tree. Here are some ideas we came up with:
Borrow a Friend's House
Swap storage spaces with a trusted friend or neighbor, and you won't spoil any surprises. This is particularly useful if you're buying someone a big present, like a bicycle or a car. You might talk a neighbor into letting you borrow space in their garage until Christmas morning.
Pop the Trunk
This won't work if you have an SUV or hatchback, but if you've got a car with a trunk that's closed off from the backseat, it's a primo place to hide gifts. Small children will never get in there.
Take Stock of Kitchen Pots
Got a huge stock pot? Unless you're planning to make a giant vat of soup anytime soon, the stock pot can hold a load of small gifts. Chances are your family will never think to look there.
Make Use of Your Underwear Drawer
Small presents can easily fit there. Your spouse probably won't hesitate to look there, but your kids might stop short of rifling through your skivvies. (We hope.)
Crack the Crawl Space
If you don't mind a little dirt and some creepy-crawlies, the crawl space can hold some sizable presents. Don't store anything there for too long, though, unless your crawl space is insulated. Moisture and temperature changes could damage items. Plastic toys are OK to keep outside; electronics should be stored inside.
Rent a Storage Space
If you've got a ton of presents to hide, you'll need to look outside your house. Some storage units offer one-month-minimum specials for as low as $25. Check the storage units in your area for deals.
Go for the Cleaning Supply Closet
Worst-case scenario: Your kids might find presents there, but they'd also find the cleaning supplies, which means they might actually clean something. Now that would be a Christmas miracle.
This article originally appeared on HouseLogic.
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