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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 make simple Feng Shui improvements. For more Feng Shui tips and advice, also check out my, the weekly articles I write for the Feng Shui site, and my own website, Feng Shui For Real
Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner

International Feng Shui Guild
I'm pleased to announce that I was elected to the Board of the International Feng Shui Guild and will be Treasurer and an Officer of the organization. I've been a long time member of the IFSG, and look forward to working with a terrific team.

Feng Shui Tip of the Month – Take a Vacation with Feng Shui
When you leave for summer vacation, follow these simple Feng Shui recommendations to protect your home while you are gone, and to make your stay more comfortable while you travel.

To help retain the yang, or active, energy in your home while you are away and keep it safe, put several lamps on timers set to come on and off to simulate your natural movements around the house during a typical evening. You can also set a radio to an all-talk station and connect it to another timer, set to come on and off during the day so there are voices in your home. Stop delivery of your newspaper a full day before your trip so if it does get delivered before you leave, you will have a second chance to stop delivery before papers accumulate outside your home. Throw out all leftovers and food that could go bad while you are gone so you don't have to come home to bad smells. Finally, arrange with a neighbor or friend to take out the trash so you won't come home to stagnant energy.

The Feng Shui planning for your hotel stay starts when you first make your reservation and ask for a room well away from the elevator, ice machine, the hotel lounge, or the pool. These areas generate a lot of strong chi that could interfere with your ability to relax. If your hotel room has any odors, stained carpets, or mildew in the bath, immediately request another room. If possible, open the windows or balcony door to let in fresh chi and to remove any negative energy left behind by a previous guest. Unpack as soon as you can to immediately settle in to your new surroundings and bring your own positive energy into the room. Bring a lavender-scented candle with you and place it on the dresser where its soothing aroma will help you sleep.

For a pleasant return home, remember to put fresh linens on your bed before you leave for vacation. Whether you stay at a luxury hotel with fine linens, or on a friend's lumpy sofa bed, you will still appreciate the freshness of new sheets when you come home.
For more Feng Shui travel tips, click here to read my article "Hotel Room Feng Shui."

Clutter Clinic -- 6 Things You Might Not Know You Can Recycle
Sometimes after you embark on a major Feng Shui clutter clearing, you can wind up with things you don't need, but can't figure out how to recycle them. The solution is often as easy as dropping these things in the nearest mailbox. Read on...

1. Athletic shoes. Nike is happy to take any manufacturer's rubber-soled shoes and recycle them into new athletic surfaces like basketball courts and running tracks. Find your nearest drop-off location at
2. Wine Corks. Send them to Yemm & Hart Green Materials, a company that has an experimental wine cork recycling program that processes the old bottle stoppers into environmentally friendly cork floor and wall tiles.
3. Books, DVDs, and CDs. Trade your old ones at where you can list your unwanted stuff, choose the items you'd like to receive instead, then complete the swap by mail.
4. Foam Packing Peanuts. Send these expanded polystyrene (EPS) packing materials back to the EPS industry, which has 200 collection sites nationwide where you can drop off your peanuts or send them by mail. Check out the EPS site.
5. Carpet. has places that will take your worn carpet and recycle it into things like composite lumber, roofing shingles, railroad ties, or automotive parts. Check out the map on their site for a location near you.
6. Bras. Bosom Buddy Recycling will take your old bras and give them to deserving women around the country including women's shelters, transitional housing, and breast cancer-survivor support groups. The company's site has information about donating.

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 – Finding Love in an Unexpected Place
I’m often asked by clients to recommend Feng Shui changes for their homes to help them attract a new relationship. Do these changes really work? You be the judge. Here's a success story from my client Lisa, which I recently posted on my Feng Shui For Real Life Facebook Fan Page. I advised her to make room in her closet for a lover's clothes and to add some masculine hangers for him to hang them on. Soon after, Lisa found the love of her life in a most unexpected place.

Here's what Lisa wrote:
Shortly after I cleared my closet and put in those 'man' hangers you recommended, I met someone in the oddest of places--my nail salon! I went to get a pedicure at the salon near my home and started talking to this very handsome man sitting in the chair next to me. I couldn't stop thinking about him so the next day I left my business card at the salon in case he came in again. Turns out, he came into the salon the day after I left the card. He called to say he'd been thinking about me too but didn't know how to reach me. We've been dating ever since and on July 4 we got engaged! So yes, another example of Feng Shui working.
Read more Feng Shui Success Stories on my Facebook Fan Page, and share your own.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: I graduated from college a while ago, and now finally I have a job in my career field. Where should I hang my diploma in my office to assure career success?
A: Place your diploma in the Fame/Future/Reputation Area. If you stand at the entrance to your office looking in, this area is in the center back of your office. You can also hang it on the wall behind your desk to support you as you start your new job. This advice is the same for any awards and citations you earn as you advance in your career. Click here to download a bagua map to help you locate the Fame Area in your office.

Q: I've gained a lot of weight since I moved into this house and my clothes don't fit. I had to buy new clothes, but I'm keeping my old things because I hope to get into them again. But now I'm wondering if my cluttered closets are actually contributing to my weight gain?
A: Clutter in Feng Shui represents the inability to move forward, and when your closets are cluttered with clothes that no longer fit, it symbolizes holding on to old behavior patterns. The Feng Shui recommendation is to get rid of clothes you can't wear now to make room for new clothes (in smaller sizes!) to flow into the space you open up in your closets. Read more in my article "Feng Shui Weight Loss Tips."

Q: How does Feng Shui feel about analog clocks? I recently purchased two I liked in an Asian store.
A: You can display a clock in your kitchen, home office, or living room, but avoid displaying a large clock in your bedroom since this is the room for relaxation and a prominent clock makes you preoccupied with the passage of time rather than with rest and romance. It's also fine to put one in your child's room to help teach about time. Avoid placing a clock in your foyer or anywhere it's the first thing you see when you enter your home. And avoid giving a clock as a gift, especially to an older person, because it could symbolize "stealing time" from them.

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

Feng Shui in the News
All 11 of my new videos are now up and running on the FengShuiMaven Channel on YouTube and on I hope you enjoy watching all of the videos and sharing them with your friends and colleagues.
• Getting Started in Feng Shui
• Learn Feng Shui Basics
• Feng Shui For Bedroom Art
• Feng Shui Bed Selection
• Feng Shui Bed Placement
• Feng Shui For Kid's Rooms
• Feng Shui For a Nursery
• Feng Shui For a Guest Room
• Feng Shui For the Foyer
• Feng Shui For the LIving Room
• Feng Shui For the Home Office

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.

Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office - Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love
There are more than 500 practical Feng Shui tips in my book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office - Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love.

• Feng Shui Basics
• Calendar of Tips
• Clutter-Clearing Strategies
• Success Stories from people who made small changes with big results

Winner, Best How-To Book 2010, New Mexico Book Association
Southwest Book Design Award, 2009-2010

Click here to order your signed copy of the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office from the Feng Shui Store at

Feng Shui Workshops

Custom Workshops
Bring one of my workshops to your city. I will create a custom presentation for your business or group to help you 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 sessions are full of practical advice, tips, and fun. Feng Shui workshops make great fund raisers because they always sell out.

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 Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038.

Feng Shui Consulting Services
I work with clients nationwide, either on-site in person, or remote by phone, e-mail, and Skype.

On-Site Consulting
Nationwide, I schedule On-Site Feng Shui Consultations for homes, offices, and businesses. On a regular basis, I work with clients in the Northeast (DC Metro Area and Maryland Suburbs, Baltimore, Annapolis, Northern Virginia, New York City, and New Jersey) and the Southwest (Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Denver). All consultations include written recommendations, a ToolKit to help you continue to make changes after the session, and a copy of my book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office.

Remote Consulting by Phone and Skype
When an on-site consultation isn't possible, I offer Off-Site and Remote Feng Shui Consulting in the US and internationally for homes, offices, and businesses. There are two options, either Whole House Consultation or the new Room Rescue Package for one room in your home. You will receive advice for re-arranging furniture and accessories, selecting and hanging artwork, choosing the right colors, clutter clearing, re-purposing what you already have.

To schedule your on-site or remote Feng Shui consultation, e-mail Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038.
I welcome your referrals.

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 a purse hanger for yourself and for your friends at the Feng Shui Store at

Beyond Feng Shui – 9 Other Uses for Toothpaste
My client Melissa followed my recommendations for doing the Feng Shui Fling and threw 27 things from her bathroom into a trash bag. That's when she noticed that many of her discards were partially-used tubes of toothpaste, so she Googled to find what she could do with left-over toothpaste, then shared this list:
1. Relieve bug bites--Apply a dab to stop the itching and decrease any swelling.
2. Soothe a burn--Apply delicately immediately to prevent the wound from weeping.
3. Decrease a pimple--Dab on at night, wash off in the morning.
4. Clean your nails--Rub underneath and on top of fingernails to whiten.
5. Scrub away smells--Scrub hands to remove odors from garlic, fish, onions.
6. Remove stains--Apply directly to the stain, especially from crayons, rub briskly, then wash.
7. Fix scratches on DVDs and CDs--Apply a thin coating to the disc and rub gently, then rinse clean.
8. Clean a burned iron--Use to grind away the burnt layer.
9. Make jewelry sparkle--Rub onto silver jewelry and leave overnight, wipe with a soft cloth in the morning; gently scrub diamonds using a toothbrush and a water. Do not use on pearls.

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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 (IFSG) and was elected to the IFSG Governing Board.

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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