As part of our recent Storage & Moving Study, we asked Americans about the most embarrassing things they’ve ever stored.

The study explores the extent of American clutter, evaluating consumer storage trends and moving habits. The findings reveal that clutter affects many facets of Americans’ 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 Americans (91%) have kept an item because they felt guilty getting rid of it. However, 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:

wife holding cat to cover her body  panties  saber tooth tiger skull  dead mother's wig

  • 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

positive pregnancy test  A lock of an ex's hair  love letters  gallstones

Doesn’t this list make you proud to be an American?

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Jodi Holzband