We have been storing a number of boxes of my MIL's clothes for several years since she went into a nursing home. The clothes we have been storing are all dry-clean-only (wool suits, coats, silk blouses, etc.) and other things like dressy shoes. They are nice clothes, though not expensive or collectibles. Realistically speaking, she will never be able to use these clothes again. At one point, we were about to donate them to a charity that outfits women who need business clothes so they can get better jobs, but then DH just couldn't do it. We have room to store them, so we just kept them.
It's an all-around sad situation. I hate to sound so blunt, but my question is: would it be better to give these things away now or wait until MIL passes away (not imminent)? I keep thinking someone could be using them, and the longer we wait, the more they are likely to deteriorate, even though they are in plastic containers; OTOH, it somehow seems wrong to give them away.