One time, I got in a heated fight with my ex over something I found in his bedside drawer.
I swear I wasn't snooping. In earnest, I was looking for a pair of clean socks to borrow. But my search unearthed an old Valentine's Day card from one of his former flames, along with a few other relics of their relationship. A playbill from a musical she had composed the songs for. A birthday card she had written him. All of which lead to an intense argument over why on earth he'd keep these things right next to his bed. I mean, was he looking at them every night before he fell asleep?!
It made me wonder: What do other people keep in their bedside drawers?
While some of us (ahem, my stupid ex) use the storage space to bury memorabilia, most people use this drawer to stash the goods that they need easy access to while they're going at it. Condoms, sex toys, lube -- you name it. But does everyone else's drawer contain the same contents? If we were to peek at the bedside drawers of a dozen people or so, what would we find?
We asked a few brave souls to come clean and share what's hidden in their bedside drawer right now. Read on for their honest answers on what's tucked away near their bed.
1. Ashley, 27
"Condoms, emergency money, a spare set of keys, and Gas X. You know, in case I turn a trick after Mexican food with someone who falls madly in love and wants to move in with me.
2. Todd, 36
3. Sadie, 26
"My stuffed animal, Pepper, that I've had since I was little. So that I can grab him if I get scared or lonely. Especially when my boyfriend is away, and he can't tease me for still being psychologically attached to it."
4. Jason, 27
"Lube, flashlight, a knife. My checkbook, Burt's Bees, some random papers. The essentials."
5. Patty, 32
"All kinds of lotion for my face and body. Xanax for when I can't sleep. And my Kindle."
6. Hashim, 40
"Condoms, antacid, bills I don't play on paying, greeting cards from women who no longer talk to me, batteries, Q-tips, Vaseline (but not for jerking off) and my checkbook."
7. Maggie, 27
"Checkbook, phone and Nook chargers, pens, hair ties, refills for my wall flower, nail file, lighter, flashlight, my Leatherman, headbands and hair clips, a tape measure and matches (for my ridiculous amount of candles)."
8. Cate, 20
"Coconut oil, my journal, chapstick, sleeping mask, a Rubik's cube, pillow mist and my book of the week!"
9. Joe, 28
10. Alex, 27
"Condoms and vitamins."
11. Valerie, 36
"Bible. Vibrator. Advil PM."
12. Mike, 35
"My secret 'man jewelry' (bracelets I never wear, cuff links, rings) four knives, Rosary beads, ear buds, a Mass card for a boy I tried to save, and my spare glasses."
13. Arielle, 23
"Condoms, vibrators / cock rings, lube, blindfold, sex board games that never get used but hey, you never know. Advil, sleeping pills, and my BCP. And there's nail polish and nail kits in there, too."
14. Kali, 24
"Vibrator, lube, retainer, cough drops, random bookmarks, chapstick, birth control, prescriptions and, oddly enough, my library card."
15. Elizabeth, 29
"Sleep masks, pencils and typewriter ribbon. The sleep masks are to try and help me sleep. The pencils and typewriter ribbon are for when I can't!"
16. Jenn, 36
"My son's first pair of shoes. They were the first thing I bought for him, when I was just 12 weeks pregnant: Checkered Old Skool Vans. I put them in there the day he outgrew them. He's now 7. It reminds me of how excited I was to raise a mini me (and I really have)."
17. Sara, 22
"Vibrator, lip balm, diary, magazines, cords for charging my phone and my vibrator."