A Collector or A Hoarder? See What Nate Says!

A Collector or A Hoarder? See What Nate Says!

My passion is to work with what you already have before buying new… after you’ve decided what stays and what goes. See yesterday’s post on the ‘how’, ‘what’ and ‘why’ of your things to help you figure out what to keep and what to move on.

So the question has come up: why do I prefer to use what you already have if it’s a new look that’s desired?

Simply put, I believe in the story of your pieces… and everything you collect has a story. It’s these meaningful pieces that form the visual connection between you and your home. How and where they are integrated can make all the difference in creating a ‘new’ look.

If you think about it, your home is a collection of ‘things’, and the way you ‘collect’ is over time. But buying everything new all at once is purely a collection of new objects without any meaningful story behind them. That’s not wrong, it’s just a different approach than mine.


Then the question: if your home is a collection of things over time, how does this not become hoarding? What is the difference between a collector and a hoarder?

Rather than trying to answer this for you, click on the video to learn how Nate Berkus makes the distinction… and Nate is clear, he likes his ‘stuff’!

In the clip Nate also mentions Geralin Thomas. Geralin is a disorganization specialist and the founder of Metropolitan Organizing. Below Geralin describes some of the primary differences between a collector and a hoarder.

The Primary Differences Between Hoarders and Collectors

Collectors value and categorize their belongings, often showcasing them in display cases or archives. Hoarders often lump things together without the benefit of system or sequence.

Collectors often carry great pride in their treasures, and delight in exhibiting them to any interested party. Hoarders are often embarrassed and hide their belongings (home, car, etc.) from co-workers, neighbors and even repairmen.

Collectors are usually able to classify, quantify and articulate their exact knowledge of the various items in their collection. Hoarders will assign inflated values to arbitrary things based primarily on sentiment.

Collectors house their collectibles in specific environments, and often find joy or contentment in the company of their treasure. Hoarders harbor little rhyme or reason within the muddle of their mess. Exquisite jewels might be kept with worn socks, rare books in a dirty dog kennel, or cherished photographs among old and slowly decaying magazines.

To read the whole article, click here.

Collector or Hoarder?


You hold the key.

If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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