We need to talk about “Sparking Joy”

It's time to talk about Marie Kondo, and it's kind of a sticky subject. 'Cause on one hand, I think she's doing some really important work. Helping people deal with their clutter and organize their worlds, all the while making it trendy and mainstream? I'm down with...

How to get that thing done that never gets done

I see it all the time, the "projects that never get done" phenomenon. They can come in so many forms: the pile of photos that need sorting, the kid's room that you've wanted to change into a guest room for years and years, even our cars can get cluttered and...

How stuffology is different than good ‘ol clutter clearing…and a VIDEO demo!

My talented, fun, and weird friend Tenny did the most INTERESTING project this month. She created a film EVERY DAY for the ENTIRE month of July! How rad is that? In three of her July episodes—I'm featured! Tenny called me with this crazy awesome idea to film us doing...

Why you should care about how your home feels

When I was a kid, my parents would send me to Lake Hume for summer camp. It was the event I marked the days off on my calendar for all year long. Lake Hume was a Christian camp out in the mountainous woods of Fresno county and hundreds of kids were bussed in and...

What comes up when there’s an ugly divorce

Brody was referred to me through a mutual friend. He needed help going through his stuff. I met him at his just moved into loft space. He answered the door in a T-shirt, loose fitting blue jeans and flip flops. I was greeted with a big hug and a smile but his face was...

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When your client shows up…with her crystal ball.

A few weeks ago, I had a new client who came to see me at the wee cottage and it was amazeballs. And I mean that literally. A client came to me...with her crystal ball! She refers to herself as a 'third generation intuitive' and had inherited the ball. It was deemed...

The Most Chill Energy Clearing Ever & Why It Was So Good

A couple just hired me to clear their newly purchased home. The wife, Rebecca, thought an energy clearing session would be a groovy way to set the tone in their new forever home. SO SMART! I love her already. Rebecca and I set up the session via text. I was trying to...

Why Rufus the dog was the key to the house selling

I was hired to clear a For Sale home in Magnolia — a beautiful, mostly residential neighborhood in Seattle that overlooks the Puget Sound. The home was not selling and it was SO dire that the owners took it off the market, waited for it to refresh and then re-listed...

When Things Blow Up

Not long ago I was cruising by the seafood section at Whole Foods and I heard my name called, "Nicole!". I whipped around and there was Dave. I've known Dave a long time. My amazing friend Shelly used to rent a room in his home and introduced us. Dave and I chit...

What the Heck is Energy Work? An Ode to Woo

“I love your new website! Way to go, Nic!”: a happy text from one of my best buddies on the day I launched the forever-in-my imagination website. I smile. I give myself a little pat on the back and a mental high five. “Badass”, I tell myself. So happy I finally...

Does Your Office Need a Seshie?

Back when I was single and living in the house of WOE (more on that another time) my roommate Lola, who had just started working at a new job, asked me if I would clear her office. It doesn’t feel right, she said. I don’t really want to be in there, she said. I can’t...

The truth about energy vampires (and how to turn them into your BFFs)

I’m sitting on one end of my client’s couch and she’s at the other, but she seems a million miles away, lost in thought. Finally, she hurls the question at me that she’s been cranking on for a solid 10 minutes: Her: “Nicole, what can I do to protect myself from ENERGY...

The hot tip to lightening up that nobody talks about

When I was five, my mom divorced my dad: a painful and all too common experience. She left my father for another guy. We drove away in a big U-haul waving goodbye while my dad stood alone in the driveway. While my memory can be pretty crap about a lot of things, there...