Seattleites Tell All: The Most Embarrassing Thing I’ve Stored

Jodi Bart Holzband
Last Updated on May 23, 2024
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As part of our recent Seattle Storage & Moving Study, we asked locals what was the most embarrassing thing they’ve ever stored.

The study explores the extent of Seattleites clutter, evaluating their storage trends and moving habits. The findings reveal that clutter affects many facets of their lives, including time management, personal relationships, and health.

Guilt can be a powerful emotion when it comes to holding onto our things. We found that the vast majority of Seattleites (93%) have kept an item because they felt guilty getting rid of it. However, some the items that they were embarrassed to have kept are more of a guilty pleasure, it seems!

Warning, some of the items are quite gross. Please note, these were self-reported by our survey respondents. Here were some of the most, ahem, unique responses:

Time Passing  mirrored bra  brown briefs

  • A calendar tracking my sexual encounters
  • A mirrored bra from a Lady Gaga concert
  • “Tighty” brown underwear from my Army basic training days
  • My son’s circumcision ring
  • My dried foreskin from my circumcision
  • A collection of plastic spoons
  • My childhood hippo collection
  • A wedding dress from a previous marriage
  • A Barry Manilow album
  • A pagan ritual kit and tarot card deck
  • An old-fashioned sanitary napkin belt
  • Large quantities of “Magic: The Gathering” cards
  • Old bottles of hair supplement
  • Old birth control packaging
  • A taco

wedding dress  pagan ritual items and tarot cards   hair serum

How do you think these compare with some of the weirdest responses from our nationally representative sample:

wife holding cat to cover her body  panties  saber tooth tiger skull

  • Pornography starring my sister that my ex-husband bought without telling me
  • The condom I used on a first date
  • A photo of my half-naked spouse holding a cat to hide her exposed parts
  • Locks of an ex-partner’s hair
  • Nude photographs of an ex-partner
  • An ex-partner’s underwear
  • My gallstones
  • A penis-shaped Halloween costume
  • My used tampons
  • My collection of iPhone boxes
  • A box of old TV Guide issues referencing Star Trek
  • A fake saber-toothed tiger skull
  • Grass from Paul Newman’s yard
  • My dead mother’s wig
  • The label from the first stick of deodorant I ever used
  • My old thong underwear from high school
  • An empty bag of chips given to me by an old crush
  • An old crush’s lip balm
  • Old love letters I sent in elementary school
  • My middle school jock strap
  • A binder filled with photos of my childhood celebrity crushes
  • Platform shoes from my 20s
  • The rubber ducky I played with as a child
  • A positive pregnancy test
  • Disposable underwear

A lock of an ex's hair  love letters  gallstones

What’s the weirdest or most embarrassing thing that you’ve ever stored?

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on June 20, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Jodi Bart Holzband

Jodi is a writer and editor at SpareFoot with a particular interest in topics around organization and moving. When not creating content for the world's largest self- and full-service storage marketplace, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter.
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