Question by Young grasshopper: How to not feel bad about getting rid of these clothes?
Hey guys, so my mom is a pretty big pack rat, to the point where I have begun to wonder if she has a very mild case of hoarding (I’m serious. I’m doing neuroscience and you can’t even like walk in her room because there are so many clothes). There are a lot of kids in the family so we have a lot of hand me downs and old clothes, but it has gotten to the point where there are bags and bags of clothes around the house that are literally from 20 years ago that no one fits into anymore or are just so outdated. It has caused a surmount of stress for everyone yet my mom never gets to the clothes. For example back in June we sorted out all these clothes and put them into piles to bring them to Plado’s closet and Once Upon a Child. However, she never just brought them to the places to get rid of them. They were stll sitting there. So today I just went out myself and brought them to the places but neither of them took any of the clothes because they were too worn and outdated. So I ended up donating them in a Salvation Army box and my mom ended up getting really pissed because she said she was going to donate them to another place and get a tax reduction.. I feel really bad about the tax reduction, but at the same time she was NEVER going to get to them. She NEVER does. What do I do? I feel bad we lost the money for the taxes because we don’t have a lot. Please help?? Thanks for answering.
Answer by ホ̿ ㋦̲ヽ̲ガ̲ク̲ ㋦̲ム̲ヱ̲ホ̲ム̲ イんモ ㋦̳ヽ̳ガ̳ク̳ ロテ ㋦̳ヽ̳ガ̳ク̳ヱ̳
This is very normal. Clothes are a part of your history. It’s no different than a mom saving her baby’s clothes for decades until that baby is grown and has one of her own. They may not be your style anymore but they were an investment and may even have some memories for you in them.
You have a few options actually.
1. You could have a yard sale and sell them, along with other items you no longer want or need and actually see them going to people who will love them as much as you used to. If you don’t have enough stuff of your own to do this with, get with a bunch of friends and have a huge one. Then either split all the collective money or use it to have a big party or go out to an expensive restaurant together.
2. You could donate them to a charity (Goodwill, Salvatian Army, any specified clothing drop-off place, a halfway house, etc) and know that they will be used to clothe people who can’t necessarily afford the newest fashions and will appreciate your donation.
3. You could cut them up into reasonably sized squares and turn them into a big blanket. I have had several friends who have done this with old college shirts and things they hadn’t worn in a decade or more. Then you have an extra snuggle blanket and more room in your closet for your new fashions! All you do is cut them up, pin and sew them together and then sew a regular sheet onto the back of it so you don’t see all your sew lines and extra stuff.
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