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Welcome to the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine, a monthly e-mail magazine with Feng Shui tips, success stories, clutter-clearing advice, and other information to help you bring simple Feng Shui improvements into your life. Also, check out the posts on my, the weekly articles I write for the Feng Shui site, and my own site, Feng Shui For Real
Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner

Feng Shui Tip of the Month -- Bedroom Feng Shui
February is the month of Valentine's Day, when we naturally think about love and romance. Whether you're married, in a relationship, or looking for a new love, the first place to start making changes is in your bedroom.
• A bedroom should be for rest and romance only, so place objects in pairs and remove things that keep you from focusing on love, especially clutter, dirty clothes, and the cat's litter box.
• If you are single, clear some room in your closet and hang several empty hangers to demonstrate you are ready to share your space with someone special. Replace any bedroom furniture that is broken, stained, torn, or that has any unpleasant associations with past relationships.
• Be sure to hang artwork in your bedroom that has romantic or paired themes. Also, display a current photo of you and your spouse/partner doing something fun or romantic. If you aren't in a relationship right now, display a romantic image of how you want love to feel. If you have a TV in your bedroom, choose the smallest one you can live with and avoid locating it where it dominate the room.
• If your love life has gone stale, treat yourself to new, luxurious bedding to freshen your relationship and encourage your spouse or partner to linger in bed with you. Make sure you have the right size bed for your relationship: if it's too big your relationship could drift apart, and if it's too small you could feel limited. Avoid placing your bed against two walls where one partner is symbolically trapped in the corner, and symbolically, in the relationship. Instead, locate your bed so there is equal space on either side, giving both of you equal room to enjoy the relationship.

As Groucho Marks said, "Anything that can't be done in a bed isn't worth doing." For more tips to help make Feng Shui changes in your bedroom, e-mail me requesting my Special Report, "27 Ways To Rev Up Your Love Life."

Clutter Clinic -- Clean Out Your Computer Day
February 8 is "National Clean Out Your Computer Day" by the Institute for Business Technology. Did you miss it? Computer clutter is just as much of a Feng Shui issue as clutter anywhere else in your home and office because it slows you down and keeps you from moving forward. But don't fear if you missed the "official" celebration of this day, because you can still set aside one day this month to tackle this clutter challenge. Here are a few ways suggestions to take control over computer clutter.
Clear Your Desktop. Clear some of the icons from your computer desktop, because clutter there has the same negative effect on your career as a messy desk, blocking productivity and success.
Clear Your Operating System. Back up your data and update your operating system with the built-in utilities or an external tool to fix common problems and reduce demands on your system.
Clear Out Files. Do a little early spring cleaning by removing files you don't need from your main computer and storing them on a separate hard drive. Purge some things you have saved on other storage media, especially floppy disks, because you probably don't have access to anything that can actually read them.
Clear the Hardware. Wipe down your monitors, clear out vents, and clean your keyboard and mouse, because the simple act of removing dust can extend your computer's life.
And don't forget to mark Clean Out Your Computer Day on the calendar for next year.

You can also find more clutter-clearing tips in the month-by-month guide to clutter clearing in the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.

Success Story -- Lisa's New Contract
Lisa is a consultant, who like most independent contractors, has to work harder these days to win every new contract. She had been following the tips in the daily calendar in my book, but got stuck when it came to hanging up all the artwork she had stored in her closets.
Here is what Lisa wrote --
On New Year's Day I dug out artwork that needed to be hang up, but I couldn't find time to hang the last piece. So I placed it on the floor, against the wall in the most appropriate spot. Soon after New Year's I received a phone call from someone who wanted to meet with me to discuss possible contract work, and we agreed to meet two days later. Now, keep in mind the artwork is still on the floor. The meeting went well, but I needed to meet with more people from his company, so we scheduled it for the next week. The morning of the meeting I decided I should hang up the artwork. The meeting went so well that they offered me the contract, and we signed it the next week. I have never had a contract negotiation finished so fast. I really believe doing one Feng Shui change a day brought in new energy into my life. Now, I am working hard to get rid of my clutter. Keep those tips coming.

Read more Feng Shui Success Stories on my Facebook Fan Page.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: I had a failed relationship two years ago and I kept the mattress but brought a new metal bed. Since then I met a new friend last year, but we separated in December. I know that I should replace the mattress, but do I also have to replace the bed I brought two years ago?
The Feng Shui advice would be to replace the mattress, because when you continue to sleep on bedding from a failed relationship you continue to sleep with all of the problems from that relationship. If you bought the bed after the relationship ended it is probably okay to keep it. However, if your unfortunate luck with relationships continues you might want to think about a new bed as well. Choose a wood headboard to represent growth in your relationship.

Q: I want to lose weight, is there any particular place I should use Feng Shui to enhance my house to help me with my goal?
The first place you should focus on when trying to lose weight is your kitchen. You want a clutter free kitchen that has a sense of lightness to it. In regard to kitchen colors, choose a calm color like blue which can help curb your appetite, or a healing color like green. Avoid the Fire Element colors like red, oranges, and purple since they heat things up. Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter and grow fresh herbs or plants. The second place to lighten up is your bedroom closet, where you should get rid of old clothes you can no longer wear. Overstuffed closets represent holding on to things, like weight.

Q: What is the appropriate place to display photos and objects that remind me of my mother? She died last year and I want to create a sort of shrine with photos, a framed letter from her, and other things.
The Family Area of your home is the best area to display this memorabilia. Just make sure you also display current family photos and objects in the same area to symbolize a positive future for your family as well as a tribute to a deceased member. To locate the Family Area of your home, download a Feng Shui bagua from my website,

Do you have Feng Shui questions for the Feng Shui Maven? E-mail them to Carol Olmstead, then watch this e-zine for the answers.

Feng Shui in the News
Feng Shui and Romance -- Santa Fe Reporter writer Charlotte Jusinski challenged me to help her attract a new relationship. She chronicled the changes I recommended, especially regarding her choice and placement of artwork, in her article, "The Shape of Love - Learn Feng Shui and Learn the Rules of Romance". Here's an excerpt:
Over the New Year's weekend, I went on a few dates with a new guy. One night he was sitting in my living room and I told him about my latest writing assignment. "I have a feng shui consultant coming to the house on Monday," I said excitedly -- albeit with a sense of cynicism. "She's going to tell me how to improve my love life." Simultaneously, we both looked accusingly at the piece of artwork that hangs in the most prominent spot in the house. It's a beautiful drawing -- lonely, desolate and enthralling of an abandoned farmhouse, in a place I imagine to be Kansas, rendered in bled-dry shades of tan and yellow, surrounded by anemic grass and bare trees. Terribly depressing. I love it. "She's not gonna like this," I said with a laugh, and rose from the couch to adjust it. As I was gingerly moving it, its hanging wire snapped and it fell off the wall, into my hands. When I later related this story to Carol M. Olmstead, founder of Feng Shui for Real Life, she smiled warily as she eyed the painting (which I had re-hung and which, indeed, she did not like). "Nothing happens by accident," she said knowingly.

Quick Tips from the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office
Here are three tips for this month from the "Calendar of Tips" in my book --
1. To improve your love life, remove photographs of your children, parents, pets, and friends from your bedroom so they won't be "watching" you in bed.
2. Place a living plant within three feet of your computer to help clean the air in your office.
3. If you want to earn more money, display art in your office that shows a waterfall or a river, which are associated with a prosperous career and increasing income.

You will find hundreds of practical tips like these in the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.
• Feng Shui Basics
• Calendar of Tips
• Clutter-Clearing Strategies
• Success Stories from people who made small changes with big results

Order your copy of the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office from the Feng Shui Store at

From the Feng Shui Store -- Keep Your Purse Off the Floor
In Feng Shui, keeping your purse on the floor represents disregard for your wealth, plus scientific studies show that your purse can pick up all kinds of bacteria when it sits on the floor. The remedy is a Purse Hanger that lets you hang your purse safely from a table or desk. I have finally found folding purse hangers that fit neatly in your purse. It's the perfect gift for all the women on your list. The 2" disk opens to a sturdy 3" hanger. I stock them in elegant black and silver, plus I have a few available in assorted colors.
Order at the Feng Shui Store at

Home, Office, and Business Consultations
Off-Site Feng Shui Consulting
To help you get started with a plan of Feng Shui changes for your home, I am now offering Off-Site Feng Shui Consulting and Floor Plan Review. This service includes review of the floor plan and photos of your home, office, or business, followed by a telephone consultation with recommendations and changes you can make to the placement of furniture, artwork, and objects to activate the positive energy in your home and clients into your business. The service also includes 30 days of follow-up consulting. Sign up for this service through the Online Store at, or call 1.800.652.9038.

On-Site Consultation
Nationwide, I schedule residential and commercial consultations on request. On a regular basis I work with clients in the Northeast (Washington, DC, Maryland, Baltimore, Annapolis, Northern Virginia, New York City, and New Jersey) and the Southwest (Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Denver). Appointments fill up fast, especially on weekends, so schedule your consultation now to get the date you want. E-mail me with the date you would like to schedule your consultation.

Workshops for Your Group or Organization
Bring one of my customized workshops to your city. I will create a custom presentation to help your business or group make simple changes to attract wealth, harmony, and love. From keynote speeches, to "munch-and-learn" workshops, to half-day or full-day seminars, my interactive workshops are full of practical advice, tips, and fun. Feng Shui workshops make great fund-raisers, and they always sell out. E-mail me for details on scheduling a customized session for your group.

Workshops Open to the Public
May 13, 2010, 6:30pm
"Feng Shui and Art"
Art League of New Mexico
Join me at the Art League of New Mexico in Albuquerque and learn how to choose art when making Feng Shui changes in your home and office. There is no charge for my workshop, which follows the Art League's membership meeting.

Thank you for a great presentation! Really great are a whiz.
I welcome your referrals. If you know of a group or organization that would be interested in scheduling me as a speaker, E-mail me or call 1.800.652.9038.

Beyond Feng Shui -- Knife Handling Tips from a Butcher
Many of my clients will tell you that I gave them advice about where to keep their kitchen knives, because sharp edges can have negative meaning in Feng Shui. The other obvious danger of knives is cutting yourself, so I was glad that Brooklyn butcher Tom Mylan shared his hard-earned tips on avoiding bad blade slips in The Atlantic. Mylan is the executive butcher and co-owner of the The Meat Hook, a sustainable butcher shop in Brooklyn, NY. Beyond the basics of having very sharp blades, Mylan -- who admits to be an expert at cutting himself -- offers tips from his lifelong, love-hate relationship with knives. His first tip for avoiding your blade is to keep it in your hand. He advises holding your knife like the butt of a pistol, fingers wrapped tightly around the grip "like someone was trying to take it away from you," rather than " a conductor's baton during a particularly slow part of Pachelbel's Canon." Second, Mylan advises that you do not, under any circumstances, cut toward yourself. And third, he advises to keep your knives clean. This is a most enjoyable and informative article that will make you think twice about how you use your knives.

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Carol M. Olmstead, FSII, was certified by the Feng Shui Institute of America, and awarded Red Ribbon Professional Status from the International Feng Shui Guild.

Feng Shui For Real Life, LLC, and the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine serve as a reference and guide for the principles of Feng Shui and as such bear no responsibility for results a client or reader experiences. Individual results may vary based on the client's participation and intent.

©2010, Carol M. Olmstead

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