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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 – Set the Stage for 2011
Whether or not you actually make New Year's resolutions, many of us see the beginning of the year as a good time to set goals for what we want to accomplish in the coming months. A few Feng Shui adjustments in the appropriate areas of your home can help set you on the path to fulfilling your dreams this year. Here are a few of the typical areas where people make New Year's resolutions, and the Feng Shui adjustments that relate to them. 

1. Wealth and Prosperity. Make sure you place an object that feels wealthy, abundant, and prosperous in the Wealth area of your home, which is the room in the upper left hand corner. Perhaps this object could be a tall, healthy plant in a red ceramic planter. Place a new $50 or $100 bill under the pot as an additional symbol of prosperity.
2. Love, Relationships, Marriage. Make sure your bedroom is reserved for R&R only; that is, "rest and romance." This means removing all work-related objects from the room, hiding the hamper, removing the kids toys, and hanging artwork that feels romantic, coupled, and paired.
3. Weight Loss. Holding on to unneeded things symbolizes holding on the weight in Feng Shui, so remove the clutter, especially in the kitchen, so you can see your way clearly to stay on your eating plan. It's also important to remove unneeded things from your closet, because holding on to old clothes that don't fit symbolizes holding on to old behavior patterns.
4. Job Change or Job Security. The entrance to a home represents the careers area, so make sure it feels clean and welcoming. Outside of the front door, clear away any dead leaves or cobwebs, which represent being "caught up and stuck;" inside, add a healthy plant, water fountain, or artwork that shows water flowing into your home.
5. Travel. Place pictures of places you want to visit in the Helpful People/Travel area of your home. You can also include guide books, maps, a globe, and travel magazines in this area. This is another place where you can tuck away a $100 bill as a symbol that you will have enough money to take your dream trip.
Click here to download a color bagua map from the Basics section of my website,, that shows all nine of the Feng Shui areas in your home.

Clutter Clinic -- Get Organized Month
The National Association of Professional Organizers has declared January as "Get Organized Month," and it's the perfect time to share some tips that clients have discovered on their road to making Feng Shui improvements in their homes and offices. From organizing closets, to getting rid of books, to handling paper clutter, these suggestions will help you start the year clutter-free.
1. Place one piece of old clothing, one unneeded book, and other items in a bag in the trunk of your car each morning. At the end of the month you'll have 30 items to take to Goodwill or other nonprofit.
2. Never leave a room without picking up something that belongs in another one.
3. If I don't use it, lose it. Go through your closet at the end of each season, and if you find something you haven't worn, donate it or list it on Craig's List.
4. Continually scan in photos, put the images on a disk, and then get rid of the old photos that don't have special meaning.
5. Follow the rule "one in - one out." Nothing new comes in until you make room for it by getting rid of something. The less you have, the less you have to clean.

Also, here are two suggestions from my colleagues who are professional organizers --
Create a "waiting for..." spot to keep all the tickets, confirmations, directions, agendas, and other documents you need for future events.
Miriam Ortiz y Pino, More Than Organized

Sort your mail into a table top action file as soon as you enter the house, in categories such as To Pay, To Call, To File. Have a trash and/or recycling bin and shredder handy. This way, important papers won't get lost in a mystery pile.
Hazel Thornton, Organized For Life

Miriam and Hazel are two of the Professional Organizers of New Mexico who contributed tips to the e-book, "Get Organized! 50 Tips For You." Click here to download your copy.

You can 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 -- Reaping the Benefits of Feng Shui
At the beginning of the year I received this positive news from my client Stacy. She and her husband were troubled by some difficult neighbors.
Stacy's story speaks for itself:
My apologies for taking so long to respond to the tremendous changes your visit has made in our lives, however, we've been busy reaping the benefits of good living based on your suggestions. In a year and a half since your consultation, our income has increased substantially and our "negative" neighbors just told us last night, that after seventeen months of living next door, that they are relocating! Thank goodness for those mirrors you suggested we hang to deflect their negative energy! Our basement is now "supporting" us and our attics are clear of clutter. Jason and I followed your suggestions to the tee and within two months of your being here, both of our rental properties sold and from there the money was flowing. Although we believed in it from the beginning, and have given you and Feng Shui continuous credit, the announcement that the neighbors were moving was the icing on the cake. Thanks again, Carol. I hope you're picking up on moments of our thoughtful contemplation about your consultation and the gratefulness we feel as a result. Read more Feng Shui Success Stories on my Facebook Fan Page.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: I am a home stager. The owner of a house I staged died unexpectedly, and the family is getting rid of everything and asked if I would like some of the furniture and other objects. I worry how much bad energy would items from this home carry, considering the home owner died in an unhealthy way? People buy from yard sales and flea markets all the time, but is there a special concern
getting things and not knowing about their past life?
Trust your gut on this one. If you have uncomfortable feelings about any of the items, don't bring them into your own home. There is nothing inherently bad about acquiring items from someone who has passed away -- whether from yard sales, auctions, consignment stores, and antique stores, or as gifts. But if something feels "unhealthy" to you because of where it came from, that object will continue to carry negative energy with it. And that's the last thing you want to bring into your home.

Q: I have several certificates and awards from back when I was in school that I would like to display, and I wonder if there is a specific room where I should hang them?
Certificates and awards are best displayed in the room that occupies the Fame/Future/Reputation area of your home. When you choose which certificates to display, be sure that you include some current ones, not just those from school, because if you only display awards from your past it could keep you from moving forward into the future. Download a bagua chart from the Basics section of my website to locate this area in your home.
Do you have Feng Shui questions for the Feng Shui Maven? E-mail them to Carol Olmstead, then watch for the answers.

Quick Tips from the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.
Here are three tips for January from the "Calendar of Tips" in my book --
1. Avoid storing things behind doors, because doors that don't open completely represent blocked opportunities in your life.
2. If you want to find a new job this year, decorate your workspace with objects and art that emphasizes the color green, which is the Wood Element that represents growth.
3. Negative chi accumulates in a home after an illness, so after your recover clean your home and open the windows for a while to let in fresh energy.

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

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

Feng Shui In the News
Albuquerque Journal, December 26, 2010
"Feng Shui can play a part in home sale"

Writer Jane Mahoney interviewed me about how buyers and sellers are applying the basics of Feng Shui when buying and selling homes. I explained how "No house is perfect, but buyers can look for a home with the least issues," and provided nine Feng Shui adjustments that help assure a quick and profitable sale.
Click here to read the complete article.

Santa Fe New Mexican, January 8, 2011
"A wonderful life: Woman rebounds from tragedy with shop, feng shui"

Grace Davis, owner of Paper Unlimited in Santa Fe, shared her story of how she followed my suggestions and immediately saw an increase in business. I suggested she close one of the store's two doors since people were walking in one door and quickly exiting the other, and she reluctantly gave it a try. The next day she received a $2,000 order. "So now I'm a believer in Feng Shui," says Grace. "Even in today's great recession, we're still here."
Click here to read the complete article.

Do you want Feng Shui tips and tidbits to include in your article, blog, website, or newsletter? Check out my website or E-mail me with a request about a specific topic.
Workshops for Your Group or Organization
Bring one of my Feng Shui 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.

February 11, 2011
Book Signing and Q&A About Using Feng Shui To Attract Love
4022 Rio Grande Boulevard, NW,
Albuquerque, NM

Bring This Workshop to Your Group
"Creating Home Sanctuary"
Where do you go to unwind at home after a stressful day at work? Most of us spend the bulk of our time at the workplace or working from a home office, which makes it especially important to have a special place to relax when the workday is done. Learn 10 Feng Shui tools for creating a private sanctuary and safe haven at home where you can renew, restore, slow down, and just let go. Call 1.800.652.9038 to find out how to bring this workshop to your group or organization.

Here's what people are saying about Carol's workshops --
I received great feedback about the Creating Home Sanctuary "munch and learn" Feng Shui workshop you gave at our design studio, and what an engaging person you are. You did a terrific job! -- Lisa Samuel, Samuel Design Group

Thank you for a great presentation! Really great stuff.... you are a whiz. -- Val Romero, Women Make a Difference

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.

Home, Office, and Business Consultations
I work with clients nationwide, either on-site, or off-site by phone and e-mail.

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.

Off-Site Feng Shui Consulting
To help you get started with a plan of Feng Shui changes for your home, I offer 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.

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 one for yourself and one for a friend at the Feng Shui Store at

Beyond Feng Shui -- 77 Surprising Expiration Dates
How long can you really keep foods, beauty products, and household goods after you buy them and after you open them? Certain products like milk let you know when they pass their prime and you need to toss them, but what about that jar of Maraschino cherries that you bought before your first child was born? Or those beauty products buried in your cabinets? How do you know when it's time to throw them away? Real Simple magazine has compiled a guide to expiration dates for 77 products, some of them with surprising expiration dates. The list ranges from paint (2-5 years) to Windex (2 years); from beer (4 months) to mayo (2-3 months); and from mascara (3-4 months) to mouthwash (3 years).
Click here to read the complete list. How long have you these items been hanging around your house?

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Carol M. Olmstead, FSII
Feng Shui Master Practitioner
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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.

©2011, Carol M. Olmstead

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