Keep or Purge :: Broken Sentimental Mug

(If this is the first Keep or Purge :: Trash or Treasure post that you have stumbled upon, you might want to check out my explanation of it here. Basically, I am sharing my real life struggles with deciding what to do with the STUFF in my life.)

I love this mug!

Below is a fun picture mug that my sister sent me after she had her first child – the niece that made me an aunt! And it’s been sitting at the back of my cupboard for a couple of years now because I broke it. Snapped of the handle and put a huge crack down the side.

Auntie mug

My oldest niece.

I’ve already pointed out my propensity to break dishes before. I don’t discriminate. I break wedding china, wine glasses, and sentimental mugs. This is not the only sentimental mug I’ve broken either. I also broke a couple of the ones that I took from my godfather’s farm after he died.

Auntie mug

Hey you…Hands off my Aunt Jessie’s Mug!

But what do you do with a broken mug you can’t bear to throw away? This was one-of-a-kind mug. There is no other like it. Every time I drank coffee out of it while studying in college and graduate school, hundreds of miles from my family, I felt closer to them. Then one day I smashed that connection.

I suppose this should be a reminder to pick up the phone or write a letter, huh?

Anyway, I don’t think I want to set it on my desk and put pens in it, or to try to grow a plant in it, so is there really anything else to do with it besides put it back up in the back of my cupboard?

You don’t want me to *gasp* throw it away, do you?!!!

What would you do with it?

Please vote and leave your comments below.


Check out last week’s Keep or Purge :: Purple Gift Bag and Tissue Paper

3 thoughts on “Keep or Purge :: Broken Sentimental Mug

  1. It’s always hard to throw away memories. But your niece will have grown since the mug was made…
    De-cluttering isn’t easy. If you’re not sure whether to bin it or not, hide it away and check whether you ever miss it… and guess what? You won’t!
    Once you start binning things it’ll be hard to stop…

  2. I am a purger. But in this case I qualify my choice: Take a picture…ooops you already did…frame it or scrapbook it… and throw the mug! . BTW…Great blog. Love your authenticity!

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