New Yorkers Tell All: The Most Embarrassing Thing I’ve Stored

As part of our recent NYC Storage & Moving Study, we asked locals what was the most embarrassing thing they’ve ever stored.

The study explores the extent of New Yorkers clutter, evaluating their storage trends and moving habits. The findings reveal that clutter affects many facets of New Yorkers 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 New Yorkers (93%) have kept an item because they felt guilty getting rid of it. However, some of 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:

1st time panties  jars of urine  beach selfie

  • The underwear I wore when I lost my virginity
  • Plastic jars filled with my urine
  • Love letters another man sent to my wife
  • Photos of myself on a nude beach
  • Bacteria I let grow in a bottle
  • My old “Partridge Family” card collection
  • My empty marijuana containers
  • A giant green dragon-shaped sex toy
  • An iron wine bottle holder shaped like a cat
  • A beer can collection
  • A papier-mache duck I made in high school
  • An old “sexy nurse” outfit
  • A Playboy bunny doll
  • My child’s baby teeth
  • My child’s umbilical cord

Nurse costume  playboy bunny costume  baby teeth

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?

Jodi Bart Holzband