Quote from Kitiger
You can help her get a little more organized. Some people find it so very hard to throw things out, even when that's the best option. Those people find it much easier to give things instead of throwing them away.
Tell her that you may not be able to use everything personally, but you will find homes for that which you don't want. Point out that some things maybe should be thrown out, like the cracked container. Books can be donated to the local library. (Our library has periodic book sales.)
Throw the trash out, recycle, and take the rest to a charity, like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or whatever.
I'm one of "those people". I was brought up to waste not, want not.
Use it up
Wear it out
Make it do
Or do without
I'm not sure why it's OP's responsibility to do that. Sure, it's nice, but it's also a ton of work. Giving someone a ton of work isn't a good present.
I'm a terrible hoarder. Not like holding on to garbage or living in filth. But I have a hard time getting rid of old books or clothes that MIGHT fit me again, if only I lose/gain 15lbs.
I find going through my items and trashing, recycling, or donating to be extremely stressful.
I don't, however, give people my junk under the guise of "gift giving." Because I understand that if I don't want it, other people probably don't want it either.
And because it is difficult for me to sort out old stuff, I would be livid if someone gave me THEIR old stuff to sort through. Doing my own sorting is stressful enough. Don't make it my responsibility to sort your stuff, too, and call it a gift to me.