good for you! What did your dh say?
That she thinks she can decide for your family what you will find valuable enough to pass down is pretty hilarious, in a dark sort of way. She bought a bunch of cheap made-in-China plastic junk and probably has high dreams of you gingerly handing it, encased in a velvet box, to your tearful great-grandchildren as you lay dying. LOL
She doesn't care about the stuff to keep it, but doesn't want to throw it away either, and dumps it on DIL!
But some people really do hate to throw/donate stuff. My MIL was like that when DH and I were moving a year ago, I was throwing a lot of junk out and she kept digging in the garbage to "rescue" it. hahaha! Then I went to India and saw the stuff there, which I had thrown out, and threw it out again! (I'm very stubborn!) When she dug into the garbage to rescue it again, I started taking it directly to the garbage chute outside. That was the first time she really gave me her sour face look, and asked me why I went outside (she knew of course). Which I just ignored and walked away. Nowadays she always has the "just bit into a lemon" look when she sees me.
What is it with the need to hold on to worthless ugly stuff? I never understood that!
There's always a lesson in my difficulties, and living with MIL is no exception. I've been wishing I could stand up to her and speak my mind (at least a little). I've always been awful at speaking my mind, when it's something I know the other person won't want to hear. But finally 2 days ago, I told her directly she needs to keep her room cleaner (every flat surface had clutter on it). And the same day I said to her, "You left a mess on the stove from your roti making. When you make a mess, please clean it up. I'm not the maid here." I managed to say it so calmly, even though I was incredibly annoyed! Well that was huge for me. I never in my life presume to tell another adult what to do unless they ask. But I was so sick of cleaning up after her, and her arrogant assumption that she can take a permanent vacation from life while I clean her messes. I was very pleased I stood up to her! I'll never clean up after her again. It was so empowering to stand up to her and refuse to be used. Of course she did lodge a complaint to DH when he got home.