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To throw away stuff I had planned to donate to charity.

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safariboot Sun 28-Jun-20 13:21:59

Because hardly any of the charity shops are open (understandably so) and the ones that are might not even be taking any more donations. Our house is cluttered from years of hoarding, I'd say a 4 to 5 on the "clutter image ratings", and I'm trying to do something about it though progress is slow at the best of times. There's a pretty big bag, mostly clothes, waiting to go.

YANBU - Bin it.

YABU - Keep it until it can be donated.

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KnobblyWand Sun 28-Jun-20 13:23:06

Have a look online for a clothing recycling point. Don't send them to landfill.

sanityisamyth Sun 28-Jun-20 13:23:42

Can you put it in the car/shed/garage so it's out of the way until the shops are open? Have you tried putting it on FB? Or leave it outside the house with a "free to a good home" sign?

Cupidity Sun 28-Jun-20 13:23:55

Put it on Freecycle, Facebook marketplace, phone your local women's refuge to see if they would like it?

chomalungma Sun 28-Jun-20 13:24:03

Why not wait until the shops are open - then they will be able to sell the stuff they have been donated recently and then you can donate the stuff?

Destroyedpeople Sun 28-Jun-20 13:24:13

Charity shops are opening this week. If you can't find one take it to a recycling spot where there's a clothes container. There is no excuse for putting good clothes into landfill other than laziness.

Ponoka7 Sun 28-Jun-20 13:24:16

All the charity shops where I am have opened and are taking donations, have you properly checked?

sanityisamyth Sun 28-Jun-20 13:24:16

Or see if there's a refuge that wants them?

Ponoka7 Sun 28-Jun-20 13:25:07

The clothes donation points at supermarkets are opening again, as well.

chomalungma Sun 28-Jun-20 13:25:38

All the charity shops where I am have opened and are taking donations, have you properly checked

Lots of them have been overwhelmed with donations - and those whose shops haven't fully re-opened because of volunteer issues possibly - aren't able to sell a lot of these donations yet

UltimateWednesday Sun 28-Jun-20 13:25:40

If you've got any really good stuff amongst it I'd save that but if it's really junk from years of hoarding, the charity shops are going to end up binning it anyway. When they do reopen they'll get so much rubbish they won't know what to do with it.

Merryoldgoat Sun 28-Jun-20 13:27:50

If they’re of of quality good enough to donate then I’d bag them up and pop them on freecycle.

I’ve got rid of lots during lockdown using Facebook and Freecycle.

Leaannb Sun 28-Jun-20 13:28:28

Bin kt

AlCalavicci Sun 28-Jun-20 13:29:57

Are H&M open yet ? I am not sure what there covid regs are regarding accepting clothes but it would be worth asking .

www2.hm.com/en_gb/ladies/shop-by-feature/16r-garment-collecting.html.
£5 voucher for a carrier bag of any kind of cloth, tatty clothes , towles , curtains , as well as good quality clothing.
Voucher can be spent on line or instore when you spend over £25

Pelleas Sun 28-Jun-20 13:30:06

Saving things to donate to charity is a hoarding danger point, so while ordinarily I would say donate, if you are fighting hoarding I would say you need to get it out of your house as quickly as possible.

ShadowMane Sun 28-Jun-20 13:30:18

Destroyedpeople

Charity shops are opening this week. If you can't find one take it to a recycling spot where there's a clothes container. There is no excuse for putting good clothes into landfill other than laziness.

if the OP has a hoarding issue, there is a damn good reason for just getting rid of them any way how!

OP - try offering on facebook - marketplace

PatchworkElmer Sun 28-Jun-20 13:30:22

Chuck it on Facebook marketplace for free.

WorraLiberty Sun 28-Jun-20 13:31:15

Stick it in your local FB group and put it on your doorstep for collection.

My local group has never been busier than it is at the moment and it's lovely to see people helping each other out.

tattychicken Sun 28-Jun-20 13:31:30

Bin it. Hanging on to it can hinder your progress. If you're 4 to 5 on clutter ratings, just get rid of it, don't get bogged down in debating where it goes. And well done for addressing the hoarding, it's a hard slog but you're travelling in the right direction.

EarlGreyT Sun 28-Jun-20 13:34:26

I completely agree with this comment from
@Pelleas
Saving things to donate to charity is a hoarding danger point, so while ordinarily I would say donate, if you are fighting hoarding I would say you need to get it out of your house as quickly as possible.

Namechangeasimsoashamed Sun 28-Jun-20 13:34:30

Yanbu.

I've done some major decluttering over lockdown. (We've got a family support worker at the moment in part because of the clutter)
Clothes have gone to the local clothing recycling bin. Everything else has been put outside with a "please help yourself" label. Some stuff has been taken. The rest will be going to the tip as soon as I can get someone to take it (don't drive).

I hate sending stuff to landfill but the family support worker doesn't care about that and said if its not gone from the house then they will escalate my case to SS sad

EarlGreyT Sun 28-Jun-20 13:35:24

There is no excuse for putting good clothes into landfill other than laziness.

There is if you have a hoarding problem.

WorraLiberty Sun 28-Jun-20 13:37:34

EarlGreyT

*There is no excuse for putting good clothes into landfill other than laziness.*

There is if you have a hoarding problem.

A photo in her local FB group with "Needs collecting today" should sort that out.

She can leave it on her driveway/doorstep and if it's not gone by tomorrow, then bin it.

Whether it's in her bin or on her doorstep, it won't be in her house.

DDIJ Sun 28-Jun-20 13:38:24

I've had to burn clothes in the sink. I can't stem the tide of stuff coming in so it has to go out somehow. This is NOT what I would normally do.

Oldsu Sun 28-Jun-20 13:39:55

If its winter stock some charity shops cant accept it, with donations having to be quarantined for 72 hours, some rag merchants, book merchants and rubbish collection services temporary unavailable some smaller shops cant take anything that needs to be stored and cant sell for 3/4 months they wont have the room. It wont matter how good the quality.

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