No trip back home for the holidays is complete without a sleepover in your childhood bedroom. The place where you became who you are today, through a lot of trial and error you never want to talk about. While revisiting your old, angsty solace in your parents’ house, take a moment to see how many of these relics from your tweens and teens you can stamp off your imaginary bingo card.
1.) Something you hid so well from your parents you forgot about it until now.
Was it a Rated R movie? A dirty magazine? A hamster? We hope it wasn’t a hamster.
2.) Something written on a wall somewhere. #cryforhelp
It probably doesn’t say, “Don’t let the bastards get you down,” but the angst level is still off the charts.
3.) A poster you definitely practiced kissing on.
Because kissing a poster of Orlando Bloom is just like kissing the real Orlando Bloom.
4.) An unfinished novel about your first crush.
It’s probably best that it’s unfinished.
5.) Remnants of a religion you no longer practice.
6.) And remnants of a hobby you bought expensive stuff for but never pursued.
Guitar? Violin? Hamster?
7.) A complete series box set on DVD because no one saw Netflix coming.
Remember when binge watching meant swapping out the DVD after every fourth episodes. Talk about the stone ages. Bonus points if all the DVDs are still in the box.
8.) An outdated video game system that you would have to pay GameStop to take off your hands.
Face it, it’s never going to be worth a fortune.
9.) An unhealthy amount of full length mirrors… because you might be part parrot.
10.) Unadulterated embarrassment.
This is like the freebie in the center of the Bingo card. It doesn’t even have to be because of a certain item. It’s just there… always there…
11.) Your old escape route.
Just stick your head out the window and try to remember the days before you could just exit the front door at any hour like a normal person. Did you have to climb off the roof? Or did you have a ladder like Joey Potter?
12.) Fish food from a pet long since dead.
RIP Goldie. Gone too soon.
13.) An absurd CD collection
Because no one saw Spotify coming.
14.) That one doll that knows all your secrets.
15.) A hoodie that doesn’t belong to you… be it a boyfriend’s or a best friend’s.
No matter whose it is, it probably says Hollister on the front. Is it too late to give it back?
16.) Candy wrappers from at least a decade ago.
Just because you haven’t found them doesn’t mean they aren’t there.
17.) Your Guitar Hero Set
Face it, the year of Guitar Hero was one of the best times in all our lives.
18.) Mountains of tangled costume jewelry from Claire's
Don’t even try to separate them. They’ve bonded.
19.) A closet that works as a memoriam to fast mall fashion.
Because your teenage self just had to take advantage of the buy one get five for 1 cent deal on graphic tees from Wet Seal. (Rip Delia’s)
20.) A phone that plugs into the wall.
Go ahead, make a call and relive the horror when one of your parents picks up a phone from anywhere else in the house.
21.) A dresser drawer full of old school tshirts.
Because throwing away that homecoming shirt from 2005 would be some next level sacrilege
22.) Really old horrible love letters from your high school boyfriend.
Bonus points if he wrote you a song. Extra bonus points if you can read the whole thing without throwing up.
23.) You very first flip phone shoved in a drawer somewhere.
If you’re honest, it was your first love. Not the dude who wrote you that love letter.
24.) A big old heap of nostalgia.
Because even though there is absolutely no way you’d ever want to be a teenager again, it’s good to be home.