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Posted: 16 August 2018 - 09:34 AM
Kate, re: the expired vitamins, my parents also have a lot of over-the-counter pills and supplements they buy online ... so many that they couldn't possibly take them all.

Check your city/county's website because they may have "household hazardous waste" drives where take all the chemicals and random things that you have in your house but can't throw away in the trash like paint, nail polish remover, electronics ... and pills/medication!

If you don't want to throw something away to a landfill and have it leech into the ground water, these drives are supposed to properly process and dispose of all kinds of potentially toxic things. You go to the location and you don't even get out of your car - they ask whether it's in the backseat or trunk and they're in protective suits and gather it for you. I've used it at least 3 times in neighboring cities and will likely keep using it as we go through all our stuff.

Hope that's helpful! Sending you positive thoughts and love through the universe ♡
Posted: 29 June 2018 - 12:36 PM
Thank you all the comments. Had a bad night. Looked at how much there is to wash and realize it is going to take me soo much longer. I am doing 3 loads a night and hanging them on the line. Really feeling weight of the responsibility that was left to me.

Any email addresses for the suggested donation places would be helpful in contacting them for information as I work during the day and have no time off to make phone calls.
Posted: 22 June 2018 - 06:07 AM
Goodwill also recycles unusable clothes. Amvets or st. Vincent will often pick items up from you.
Posted: 21 June 2018 - 02:22 PM
Hi Kate :)

MS is "Multiple Sclerosis".
They have thrift shops and also sell cloth/fabric for recycling to make money to further research to find a cure.
Posted: 21 June 2018 - 12:16 PM
Thank you for you support. It is appreciated. Question: What is MS?
Posted: 20 June 2018 - 07:08 PM
Hello Kate :)
Very sorry about your loss and this task you have inherited. (((HUGS)))

Do ALL the clothes need to be washed?
For thrift shops and other charities they don't need to be pristine, just alright.
People are supposed to wash them themselves when the bring them home.
Also, places like MS will sort them out and anything not suitable for sale will be bundled up and sent to a place where they recycle fabrics.
You could ask at your thrift shop how they deal with them.

Putting the expired or unwanted vitamins in the compost is alright.
We are never to donate anything past the "printed on date".

WAY TO GO!!! for already doing the newspapers and magazines!

Please come join us in the "Daily Chat" thread.
Very nice people there with a whole lot of knowledge and experience. :)
Posted: 20 June 2018 - 06:21 PM
Really feeling overwhelmed with the task of getting rid of all this stuff. Mom seem to never get rid of any clothes, shoes, newspapers or magazines. She also kept all sorts of vitamins. I was able to go through all the newspapers and magazines and deliver all to the recycling center.

The vitamins are a struggle. I threw a lot of the expired ones in the compost. I fear that I should be doing something else with them. Many people have told me that expired doesn't mean anything and they still could be used. I just want them to be gone and not feel guilty about it.

This clothes issue is what really has me down. I have been going through all of them, washing and delivering them to Planet Aid. I just feel like the amount I still have to do is never ending. Keep wondering if there was a easier and cheaper way.

Anyone else dealing how to get rid of stuff? I know it would be easier to just through everything in the trash but then I would really feel guilty for not giving to those in need. Also I have seen the dump it is really sad place to be near.
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