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