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How to Hide a Diary From Siblings

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If you write in a diary, chances are you want to keep your sibling’s prying eyes away. Hiding a diary from family members is often the method for keeping its contents private.

If you want to be effective in keeping your diary both secret and safe, you will need to use unique and unusual hiding places; if you keep your diary where your siblings might expect to find it, it will get discovered much quicker. And remember to change your hiding place often; if you hide your diary somewhere new every day or every few days, it will go longer unnoticed. Where and how you hide your diary is key to keeping your siblings out of its pages.

Diaries are a great way to vent our emotions and record our memories.

Diaries are a great way to vent our emotions and record our memories.

Where to Hide Your Diary

1. Hide your diary in your bed and pillows

  • The bed seems like a natural spot to hide a diary, but isn’t always searched by siblings as you would expect.
  • There are multiple options when hiding your diary in your bed; you can hide it under the mattress, in your pillowcases, or in between the mattress and the boxspring.
  • If your diary is small enough, you can tuck it inside the sheet that covers your mattress; if your sibling did decide to sift through your covers, it would be unlikely they would notice it tucked away in your mattress cover.

2. Hide your diary in your dresser

  • Your dresser drawers offer many hiding places for a secret diary where siblings would rather not look; no little brother or sister wants to go through their sibling’s undergarments and other clothes—most would find it “gross” or “weird”. If you know your sibling thinks this way, hiding your diary amongst your underwear makes a pretty perfect spot.
  • Another option is wrapping your diary up in an item of clothing you don’t wear often, and tucking that garment under more pieces of clothing. If your diary will fit, you can slide into the leg of a pair of pants, and fold them up neatly into your drawer; pants are stiffer than shirts, and a book would be less obvious there.
Some diaries are small enough to fit into clothes, such as pant legs.

Some diaries are small enough to fit into clothes, such as pant legs.

3. Hide your diary in your jacket pocket

When a family member or sibling goes snooping for your diary or other belongings, jacket pockets aren’t usually on their mind.

  • An old winter jacket hanging in the back of your closet doesn’t look suspicious and usually has big enough pockets to conceal a diary or notebook.
  • If your diary is too big to hide in a jacket pocket, try hanging a small backpack or sports bag you don’t use on a hanger, and hang your jacket over it; you can hide your diary in the bag, and still conceal it in an unexpected place.

4. Hide your diary in a shoebox or tissue box

  • Here’s a fun idea and unique hiding place—hide your diary in the bottom of a tissue box! As long as you keep a fair amount of tissues on top and never let the box become empty, a tissue box is the last place someone would expect to find your diary. You can keep it on your end table, or even beside your bed. Unless your sibling decides to borrow your whole box of tissues, your secrets are safe in your room.
  • Alternately, you can hide your diary in the bottom of a storage or shoebox, covered with things your sibling doesn’t care for. A younger brother is less likely to go through a shoebox if it is filled with “girly things” such as makeup or pictures of favorite male singers or celebrities.

5. Hide your diary under furniture with tape

  • If you want to be extra crafty, try taping your diary to the bottom of a chair or desk! Unless your sibling is being very thorough, it's unlikely they'll expect your secret diary to be taped to the bottom of your computer chair, desk, or end table.
  • Alternatively, try taping your diary to the back of your closet doors; if they fold to open, your sibling is bound to miss this hiding place. Take a look around your room and decide where the most discreet place for hiding your diary this way would be!
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Not many siblings expect your diary to be taped to your computer desk!

Not many siblings expect your diary to be taped to your computer desk!

How to Diguise Your Diary

1. Hide your diary in an old or fake book

If you have been to stores that sell products to decorate the home, you make have seen a fake book before; on the outside, the container looks like an old-fashioned book that a collector might own. On the inside, however, the book is really a storage container, sometimes with its own lock and key.

  • If you have a bookshelf in your room, or a couple of old books, this secret compartment may fit in very well.
  • An alternative to buying a fake book is to take an old book you don’t care for anymore and create your own secret cubby; cutting a rectangle in the middle chunk of the pages will allow you to hide a small diary, while giving the appearance of the book being natural on the outside.
  • This method requires the use of scissors or a small knife and should be done with care.
Fake books, like this "dictionary", are great hiding spots.

Fake books, like this "dictionary", are great hiding spots.

2. Have a decoy diary with false entries

  • Here is a method most siblings don’t expect: keep a decoy diary and leave it somewhere out in the open, or in a predictable hiding spot.
  • To make the book look more authentic, right a few fake entries in it about things you don’t really care about. If you share these false secrets, you will be less bothered if your sibling finds the decoy and tells your whole family about it.
  • If you catch one of your siblings in the act of finding your decoy diary, act surprised or panicked—however your sibling would expect you to react. Chances are your sibling will stop looking for your diary after that.
Pigpen cipher is easy to learn, and not well known to most people.

Pigpen cipher is easy to learn, and not well known to most people.

3. Write in code or another language

If you want to disguise your diary further, try writing your entries in a written code or another language. The writing needs to be something that your sibling won’t recognize or understand. Most siblings can’t be bothered to look up the origin of secret codes.

  • One example of an easy-to-learn code is Pigpen cipher, a code that exchanges letters for symbols based on a grid design. The result ends up looking like an alien language!
  • Another option is teaching yourself Morse code. Morse code is a bit more difficult to learn, but is handy to know - it’s unlikely your siblings would know how to read it!
  • Lastly, if you know another language that your sibling doesn’t, you can write your diary entries that way. Not only will you confuse them, but you’ll be practicing writing in your language, too!

4. Write about things your sibling doesn’t like

A sure way to get your sibling to stop reading your diary is to write about topics they don’t like or glue pictures inside that they don’t care for. You can use this method with both a decoy diary and your actual diary.

  • For example, if your little brother is persistent in searching for your diary when you aren’t around, you can leave your decoy out in the open with entries of things he finds “gross”, such as talk about cute boys or gossip from your friend circle.
  • If your sibling doesn’t like Justin Bieber, go ahead and paste some pictures of him on pages of your diary; you can imagine how fast your sibling will lose interest in your personal life.

Writing in an Electronic Diary

1. Write in an online diary with private entries

Nowadays, there are a bunch of websites that offer diary and journal services. Many online diaries, such as LiveJournal, give you the option of making your journal posts completely private—that means only you can read them. As long as your password is fairly cryptic, your online diary will be visible only to you. If your password is your name or birthday, you risk having a curious sibling breaking into your account.

  • To keep your online diary more private, don’t tell your friends and family you have one.
  • For added security, don’t bookmark the webpage in your browser, and delete your internet history after accessing the web page. No one but you will know you use the website.

2. Write in a password-protected word document

Did you know that you could password protect a simple word document? If you’d rather not start an online diary, this is a great option. By putting a password on a word document, you can limit its access; when you want to add more to your diary, you can enter the password, edit the document, save the changes and leave it be.

  • The downside to this method is the possibility of having your word document deleted by a vengeful sibling.
  • To avoid having your word document found, try naming it something deceptive, such as “Biology Report”, and putting it in a folder full of your school assignments. Siblings aren’t interested in your homework.
Word documents can be password protected, keeping your secrets safe.

Word documents can be password protected, keeping your secrets safe.

3. Hide your diary in your computer case

  • If you are a bit computer-savvy, you can try hiding your diary inside your computer case. Hiding your physical diary this way is “literally” hiding your secrets inside your computer!
  • This is not recommended if you don’t know the inner workings of your computer; you can damage the computer parts or cause your computer to overheat if you block the airflow.
  • However, your siblings and parents probably won’t know how to open a computer case, let alone think to look for your diary there.
  • A much safer option is hiding your diary behind the door of the computer case, if you have one.
If you have one, try hiding your diary inside the door of your computer case!

If you have one, try hiding your diary inside the door of your computer case!

If Worst Comes To Worst: Compromise

If, after all of your efforts, your sibling finds your diary’s hiding place, try to strike a deal with them; if your brother or sister has their own diary or journal, make an agreement not to read theirs if they won’t read yours. You can tell a white lie and say that you know where they hide theirs. Telling them that you haven’t read their diary out of respect for their private life may cause them to have a change of heart. Sometimes a little heart-to-heart is all you need to keep your sibling from reading your secret diary.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: What if your sibling has the same type of diary as you?

Answer: Are you worried about telling them apart? You can change a small part of the cover or make some sort of mark to distinguish it as yours. If you share a room, try to think of a truly unique hiding spot. Have you ever seen those fake books that are actually empty compartments inside? Or if you have a personal bookshelf, you can slide it sideways behind a row of books. Or other ideas like that!

© 2013 Jessica Peri


random person scrolling through the comments on September 09, 2018:

Apparently my bro knows where my diary is. I don’t believe him on that one.

Gracie on August 17, 2017:

One great place to hide your diary is in your dresser behind the drawers or next to them. If you pull out a drawer, theres usually a little ledge you can fit your diary. Another great hiding spot is putting your diary on the inside of a picture frame hanging on the wall if theres space in the back.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 27, 2015:

@Maggie I loved that too! It was simple once you memorized it, but unfamiliar readers would need to spend time deciphering it if they didn't know what it was.

Maggie Marie Koehn on April 25, 2015:

I enjoyed the pig cypher method. It spells trouble when your sibling can read your diary. I had been writing about love and relationships at the time.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on January 24, 2014:

Awesome. Yeah, most non-tech savvy people wouldn't think to search a computer case. I wish I had a computer case to hide mine in back in the day. :)

LaZeric Freeman from Hammond on January 24, 2014:

I like the one about hiding it underneath furniture with tape. That's cool. As for the computer case, I've done that for my hardrive to keep it from being used. And I have a school desk to hide my laptop, place a large swivel chair in front of it. If they don't see it, they won't go looking for it in many cases.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on March 01, 2013:

Thanks for reading! Back when I wrote in a diary my spots weren't as creative as some of these, but I like to think nobody found it.

THEmikeLO on March 01, 2013:

Too bad you didn't write this post about 20 years ago when my sister was writing in her diary. I say that because she had the worst hiding spots and I always found it! Very cool hub!

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on February 15, 2013:

Thanks for the feedback! I don't currently keep a journal either. I like being able to password protect a word document, especially if you share a computer.

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on February 15, 2013:

I may not be keeping an actual journal anymore but I'm delighted to read your hub. I also have some documents in the computer that need a little protection, so thanks for your important suggestion about passwords on MS Word. Up and useful. :)

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on February 06, 2013:

Thanks for reading! I didn't have all the tricks back then either. I remember I had a diary with a "combination lock" on the end; I later learned it was really easy just to force the lock open. That, and all my diaries with locks seemed to open with the same cheap key.

Sarah Campbell from Liverpool, UK on February 06, 2013:

I wish I had some of these tricks up my sleeve when I was younger - the main reason I struggled to keep a diary back then was because I was so worried others would find it!

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on February 06, 2013:

I'm glad you enjoyed it! I wish I knew all of these when I was younger though I didn't really have much issue. I do remember taking a diary to school though - I lost it! It never resurfaced. I was embarrassed. I guess if you weren't scatterbrained like me you could bring it to school, though!

Shasta Matova from USA on February 06, 2013:

This was a constant issue for me when I was growing up - everyone who knew wanted to read my diary, even the adults! I wound up making up some fake things, writing to the reader "Stop reading my diary - it is PRIVATE!" , and worse of all, not discussing the really important things or discussing them so cryptically that I don't know what they mean now. This is a great list! You can also leave stuff in your locker, or take it with you as you go back and forth to school.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on January 17, 2013:

Yeah I've heard about those electronic password ones, too. It's an interesting idea. I used to just hide mine around my bed somewhere, but my brothers never really bothered trying to read it - it wasn't interesting enough to them. Thanks for reading!

Jenna Estefan from Seattle, WA on January 16, 2013:

Who knew - so many great suggestions I wouldn't have thought of! I saw a commercial the other day for an electronic password proctected diary, I thought that was a good idea.

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