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Welcome to the Feng Shui For Real Life E-zine, a monthly e-magazine with tips, success stories, and clutter-clearing advice to help you make simple Feng Shui changes to attract wealth, harmony, love, and much more.

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Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner

Feng Shui Tip of the Month – Feng Shui For Dorms and Small Apartments

If you're a student moving into a dorm room or a small apartment, or if someone in your family is making this big move, a few Feng Shui rearrangements can help make the transition smoother and assure school success. Students, especially freshman moving into a dorm room for the first time, usually find that their new surroundings are not quite as comfortable as their bedrooms back home. The same can be said for people starting out in their first small apartment or one-room studio. These five easy Feng Shui steps can help ease the transition into dorm or apartment life.

1. Position your Bed Correctly. It's best to avoid sleeping with your feet facing directly out the door, which is considered the most inauspicious position for getting a good night's rest. If you can't move your bed, place a piece of furniture, a screen, a shawl, or other soft fabric near the end of the bed for cushioning.

2. Clear Clutter. In Feng Shui, clutter represents postponed decisions and the inability to move forward, so be careful where you pile and file things. Excess "stuff" prevents the flow of positive chi - or energy - around you and makes your room feel cold rather than welcoming. If you have the opportunity to add your own furniture, look for pieces that double as storage space.

3. Add Plants. Place a living plant within 3 feet of your computer to help balance any electromagnetic frequencies, or EMFs, that it generates. Choose plants with rounded leaves since they represent wealth, but avoid cactus and other spiky plants that repel energy. If you can't grow natural plants, choose silk as an acceptable alternative because it's made from a natural fabric. Avoid displaying dried flowers since in Feng Shui they represent dead energy.

4. Clean Your Windows. Windows are considered the "eyes" of a building, so when they are dirty your vision is clouded. It may sound radical, but cleaning the inside of your windows occasionally will help you see your future clearly. And be sure to open your windows frequently to let in positive chi.

5. Decorate with the Five Elements. The Five Elements is the name used to describe colors and shapes, and each is distinguished by a set of attributes. When you include a mix of all of these Elements in your dorm or small apartment, your space feels more balanced and comfortable. For example, red is the Fire Element color that adds passion; yellow is an Earth Element color that helps ground you; white is a Metal Element color that gives you focus; blue is a Water Element color that will keep you relaxed; and green is the Wood Element color that helps your knowledge expand.

Click here to read more about the Five Elements in Feng Shui.

Clutter Clinic -- 8 Ways to Downsizing Your Living Space

I was getting ready to have my carpets cleaned, and as I moved things off the floor I realized that I have been accumulating a lot of stuff, and it was time for some of it to find a new home. In Feng Shui terms, having to make choices about what is truly important in your home and what represents "excess baggage" can give you clarity about what you want to attract into your life. You don't need to be planning a move to downsize your living space. To help determine whether an item is clutter or a "keeper," ask yourself these eight questions:

1. Is the item something I can't live without? If an item is useful or you find it beautiful or inspiring it's a keeper; otherwise, let it go.
2. Is the item something I could borrow or rent when I need it, rather than own it? Do you need to keep all those folding chairs for the annual holiday dinner, or can you borrow or rent them as needed?
3. Am I keeping something with sentimental value, even though it doesn't fit my décor? If no other family member wants it, take a picture of the object and then donate it.
4. Am I keeping every piece of my child's artwork? Keep a few selected masterpieces and then scan in the others so you'll have a permanent record.
5. Am I limiting my collections? If you can't bear to part with your collections, try rotating what you display seasonally so it will always look fresh and interesting.
6. Do I get rid of at least one item before I bring in new clothes? Avoid holding on to "skinny" clothes you're saving for when you drop a few pounds, because when you do you'll deserve new ones.
7. Do I have the storage space to shop in large quantities? If you don't have the storage space, don't even go into big box stores and don't buy in bulk.
8. Do I keep clutter from entering my home? Stop taking free samples of products you don't really want, and turn down freebies at fairs, conferences, hotels and parties. Register at sites like,, and so you'll receive less mail.

These questions are based on the article “15 Tips for Downsizing Your Living Space” by my Feng Shui colleague Erica Sofrina, writing for the website Click here to read the full article.

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Success Story – Clearing Out Old Momentos
Veronica has asked for Feng Shui tips to help get her sweetheart to marry her. Her success story speaks to the need to make changes a little at a time until it all comes together. And it also shows how some people take longer to accept the need to get rid of the "baggage" that is holding them back and keeping them from moving forward. Feng Shui is all about intention, and sometimes it takes only a few changes to start the process of transformation.

Here's what Veronica wrote:
Several months ago I wrote to ask how I could get my sweetheart to marry me. He was widowed and somewhat reluctant to get remarried because everyone in the family thought his wife had been perfect. Plus, his son and some of the relatives weren't in favor of his getting married again because they idealized his first wife. You very kindly gave me some precise tips for overcoming my sweetheart's slowness in this matter by clearing out stuff from his previous marriage. For example, we'd look at pictures to hang over the bed -- up till then there had been a picture of a ship that to me looked like a harpooned whale with blood gushing out of it. It seemed to take three attempts at anything before he'd agree to let me toss anything from his wife. Her ashes were on the shelf in the closet of the spare bedroom. So here's what I did: Every few weeks I'd throw out three items that meant nothing to me. Slowly, I removed family photo albums from the living room and similar things and put them in the spare room. Then, I shut the door to that room and it was "out of sight, out of mind." I just kept throwing out lots of stuff and rearranging furniture. I'm delighted to report we were married this spring. Everything's terrific and all of the reluctant relatives finally saw the light and came to support us, and the unpleasant ones have dropped out of our life. We have a good and solid marriage. I wanted to let you know that Feng Shui works, and the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

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Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: I am delighted that I found you on the Internet, and plan to hire you to do a remote session in the Fall. In the meantime I have a question concerning bringing in a water element to the Wealth area, specifically if I can use a painting, drawing, etc. to do so. I know that the ideal paintings will show moving water, correct? Or will it help if it is a painting of just an ocean, river, lake, etc? In my particular case, it is going in our laundry room that is unfortunately a good portion of our Wealth area. Anything you can do to help or point me in the right direction would be most appreciated.
A: You don't want to add an image of Water to the Wealth Area. The Wealth Area is the upper left corner of your home and this is a Fire Element Area. If you add Water here you will symbolically reduce the Fire and "put out" your wealth, which is the opposite of what you want to do. You already have too much Water in that area because it's a laundry room. I recommend you avoid images of oceans, rivers, lakes, and instead choose images that have the Fire colors (red, orange, or deep purple), shape (triangle), or "hot" images to symbolically dry up some of that Water. For example, you could paint the wall adjacent to the washer in red. Green is another option for this area because it represents the Wood Element that will absorb Water, but you want to avoid blue because it represents the Water Element. Check out to help find specific images to activate the bagua areas.

Q: I was advised that it was not a good idea to have photos of deceased persons mixed in with photos of the living. So I took down the ones that had Dad in it. Now Mom is gone too and I wonder where is the best place to hang their photos together based on the Bagua Map.
A: In my Feng Shui discipline it's fine to have pictures of deceased people mixed in with photos of living people. The difficulty arises only if you have such an overwhelming number of pictures of a deceased person that it keeps you living in the past. I find that mixing old photos of your ancestors with current photos of your living relatives sends a wonderful message of family history and harmony. The best place to display family photos, including photos of both of your parents, is in the Family Area or in the Helpful People Area of your home. Avoid hanging photos of deceased relatives in your bedroom, kitchen, or dining room. If you need a bagua to find these areas you can click here to download one from the "Basics" page on my website
Do you have Feng Shui questions? E-mail them to Carol Olmstead, then watch this newsletter for the answers.

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365 Feng Shui Secrets
Announcing my new e-book, 365 Feng Shui Secrets. Want to earn more money? Yearning to rev up your love life? Looking to create family harmony? Need to control clutter before it controls you? Or do you just need a good night's sleep? The simple Feng Shui tips in this e-book can bring all of this and more. Includes Feng Shui basics to get you started and a tip-a-day calendar to help you make Feng Shui changes seasonally. The tips cover all of the seasons, holidays, celebrations, adventures, and misadventures of your life. Also includes new success stories from my clients to illustrate how everyday people used these Feng Shui tips to improve their lives. Start the calendar on any date and work through a full year of daily advice.
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Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office - Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love<
"Move your stuff, change your life." The Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office includes Feng Shui basics, a monthly guide to clutter clearing, hundreds of Feng Shui tips, and success stories. This is the book that will help you learn how to attract wealth, achieve harmony, improve relationships, advance your career, and clear clutter. Highlights include a month-by-month guide to clearing your clutter and a day-by-day calendar of fast fix Feng Shui tips, and links to download free bonus articles. The perfect gift for everyone on your list - clients, colleagues, family, friends - and a great way for real estate agents to say "thank you" and welcome home buyers to their new home.
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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 fundraisers because they always sell out.

Here's what people are saying about Carol's workshops --
I have enjoyed Carol's lively and informative Feng Shui presentations, and I always leave with new insights and tips that I can immediately put to good use in both my home and office. I’m excited to have Carol create a custom workshop for my group.
-- Lainie Grimmer, CPCC, ACC, Creating Clarity Coaching

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, ASID, Samuel Design Group

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

Purse Hangers From the Feng Shui Store
Where do you put your purse? There is a Feng Shui saying that "your purse on the floor means money out the door." You carry your money, credit cards, and checkbook in your purse, and in Feng Shui, putting these on the floor represents disregard for your wealth and income. Plus, scientific studies also show that your purse can be contaminated with numerous bacteria when it comes in contact with the floor.

Now, you no longer have to put your purse on the floor. The remedy is a Purse Hanger that lets you hang your purse safely from a table or desk. I have 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 – Texting and Distracted Driving
Studies show that drivers overestimate their ability to multitask behind the wheel. Check out your own reaction time through this on-screen game from the New York Times. The game measures how your reaction time is affected by external distractions, like texting. When the game starts you will see a simulated road. A green sign with light up with a lane number, and you have to select that number on your keyboard to change lanes and go through a gate. Occasionally a cell phone will appear with a text message, and you need to read and respond to the text while driving. The game demonstrates the consequences from distracted driving.

When I played the game I missed 66% more gates when I was reading and responding to the texts. How did you do? Regardless of your results, it's not safe to text when driving. " onclick="newWindow('
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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.

©2012, Carol M. Olmstead

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