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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 To The Rescue – Feng Shui Tips for Fall
It's still hot in many parts of the country, but there's no doubt that Fall is on the way. As the days get shorter and you start spending more time inside your home, it's the perfect time to make a few Feng Shui adjustments to welcome the new season. Fall is also a good time to check out your existing Feng Shui cures to see if they need to be adjusted, because they can wear out over time. Keep in mind that colors fade, furniture wears out or goes out of style, or your preferences in art change. Here are 10 easy Feng Shui tips to help you welcome the Autumn season.
  1. To attract new opportunities, replace your doormat in the Fall, and at the beginning of every new season.
  2. Make sure your house number is clearly visible from the street so positive chi can always find you, especially at night as the days grow shorter.
  3. Pull up dead summer annuals and cut back perennials in your garden, because they represent stale chi; replace them with colorful mums or hardy pansies that will give you active chi until the first frost.
  4. Display a bowl of fruit or vegetables on your kitchen counter, like red apples or colorful gourds, to symbolize that your kitchen will never be empty and you can always afford to feed your family.
  5. Clear the cobwebs from your outdoor furniture before you cover it for the winter because accumulated cobwebs symbolize being so wrapped up and stuck that you can't move forward.
  6. Even if the weather turns chilly, open your windows occasionally during the cooler Fall months to let in some fresh air and positive chi.
  7. Remove dead leaves from your gutters and roof since they represent dead chi accumulating on top of your home, and trim back any large limbs that overhang your house.
  8. Fall is a good time to rearrange your furniture, even if you only move the sofa a few inches closer to the window or the lamp to a different side of the table, to bring new energy into your room.
  9. Burn scented candles in your home to change your perspective for a new season: vanilla to make a room feel comforting, peppermint to curb your appetite, strawberry to boost energy and make you want to exercise, a floral fragrance to enhance learning, pine to enhance well-being.
  10. Start a new habit -- when you change your clocks from daylight savings time back to standard time, also toss the expired packages and old spices from your pantry.
You can find a calendar of Feng Shui tips in my "365 Feng Shui Secrets" e-book to help you make changes throughout the seasons. The Amazon Kindle Edition is now on sale for $5.99.

Do you have a ritual for greeting the changing seasons?
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Clutter Clinic -- To Buy or Not to Buy, That is the Clutter Question
One of the best ways to avoid clutter is to keep too many things from coming into your home. If you love to shop -- but you don't love the clutter (and guilt) that comes with those purchases that didn't work out -- next time before you pull out your credit card ask yourself these questions:

Read more about each of these question at Read more on

Do you follow the "one out, one in" rule? That is, you don't bring anything new into your home until you get rid of something first?
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Success Story
Cindi's New Opportunity
Cyndi signed up for my Hotline Coaching Package. During our initial assessment conversation it became obvious she wasn't happy with her job and she felt like her boss didn't appreciate her potential. Over the course of the three month coaching program, she asked a lot of great questions, read my book, then put into practice what she learned.

Here's what Cindi wrote:
I read your book cover to cover and reviewed the bagua against the layout of my house. Much to my surprise, the section of my house that was Travel and Helpful People was missing, plus that's where I was keeping the trash cans. What a wake-up call that was. I realized this could explain why I wasn't feeling supported in my job. Plus, although I earn a good salary, I always felt like I couldn't hold on to my money. Now, I know that symbolically it was flying right into the trash. I corrected for the missing bagua area following the directions in your book, did a thorough clutter-clearing from that area, and relocated the trash cans and recycling bin far from that area as you suggested. Within what seemed like a few days, my boss called me in to offer a transfer to another department that involves travel -- something I have been wanting to do. This was terrific news! Now, I can't wait to see what happens when I start clearing the basement.
Do you have your own Feng Shui success story?
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Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: What's the Feng Shui opinion about giving my best friend a cutting board as a housewarming gift for her new home? I'm thinking it's gotta be negative because it's related to cutting.
A: Since a cutting board is used for cutting and chopping, it could represent cutting a friendship. Instead of buying it, you could give your friend a gift certificate and a photo of a cutting board so she can buy it herself. Or, choose a gift that doesn't involve knives, sharp edges, or cutting.

Q: I just moved into a new apartment where the stove faces the sink, and I realize there is nothing I can do about that. But how can I solve the problem of the opposing forces of Fire and Water?
A:You can place a small, nickel-size mirror on the stove (Fire) to reflect away the energy of the sink (Water). You should be able to find these small mirrors at craft stores like Michael's, and often they have a self-stick back. Or, place a green rug on the floor between the stove and sink, which represents the Wood Element which will balance the other two opposing Elements.

Q: I've heard that bunk beds are considered bad in Feng Shui. We are moving into a 3-bedroom home and I would like to keep one room as an office, so I was planning bunks for the boys, who are close in age. But I don't want my sons to sleep in these beds if it's not good for them.
A: The concern with bunk beds is that the energy around the lower bed could be compressed, creating lower energy and difficulty sleeping for the child who sleeps in the bottom bed. Plus, the child on the bottom may feel inferior. If you do decide to get bunk beds for your boys, make sure they are sturdy and solid. Paint the underside of the upper bunk with images of the night sky or blue sky and puffy clouds so the boy on the bottom doesn't feel trapped. Or, cover the bottom of the upper bunk with a solid piece of wood and paint it a sky-blue color, tack a piece of fabric to it, or hang a poster of constellations. Or consider a trundle bed where the lower bed is stored under the upper bed and rolls out for sleeping.

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

Feng Shui For Real Life Bookstore
Check out my two critically acclaimed Feng Shui books --

365 Feng Shui Secrets E-book
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.
365 Feng Shui Secrets
80 pages
Web Only Price: $5.99
Click here to download your copy.

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. Available in paperback and e-book, this book 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.
Voted "Best How-To Book 2010"
Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office
254 pages
Retail Price: $15.95
Special web price: $12.95
Click here to purchase your signed paperback copy.

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
On-Site Consulting
Nationwide, I consult on request throughout the US. I will visit your home, office, or business and help you rearrange your space, shift energy, and transform your life. 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, and Denver).

During the consultation I will teach you Feng Shui basics, then we'll go through your space and I'll make suggestions for changing the placement of furniture and objects and dealing with color. We will move what we can at that time and I will leave behind a written step-by-step Feng Shui Makeover Plan of recommendations for you to follow, a ToolKit of information to help you make the remaining changes, and a copy of my award-winning book, the Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office: Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love. All sessions include 30 days of free Feng Shui coaching to help you continue to make changes and move forward. Click here for details.

Off-Site Feng Shui Consulting
When an on-site consultation isn't possible, I offer three options for off-site and remote Feng Shui Consulting in the US and internationally for homes, offices, and businesses. Click the link below each description for registration information and pricing.

  • Room Rescue Package -- One Room or Individual Office
  • - Review of photos or video of your room or office
  • - 30 minute phone or Skype consultation
  • - Personalized Feng Shui Room Rescue plan
  • - Maintenance check-in at 30 days to make sure you stay on track
  • - Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office
  • Click here for details and to register

  • Feng Shui Hotline Coaching Package - One-on-One
  • - 30-minute initial phone consultation
  • - Priority access for your questions by phone and e-mail
  • - Monthly check-in to monitor your progress
  • - 365 Feng Shui Secrets E-book
  • Click here for details and to register.

  • Feng Shui Floor Plan Analysis -- House, Apartment, Condo, Office
  • - Review of your questionnaire, floor plan, site map, and photos/video
  • - 1-hour phone or Skype consultation
  • - Personalized Feng Shui Action Plan for rearranging your space
  • - 30 days of followup Feng Shui Hotline Coaching
  • - Maintenance check-in to make sure you stay on track
  • - Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office
  • Click here for details and to register.

Thank you for the advice you provided during our Room Rescue consultation. You are the instrument to help me achieve tranquility and peace of mind.

The floor plan analysis told me everything I need to know. I also appreciate the Hotline Coaching Package because I can continue to check in with you and ask questions as I move things around and before I make purchases. Loved your suggestion for art in my bedroom!
To schedule your on-site or off-site 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 – The Best Time to Shop
Once an item passes the "To Buy or Not To Buy" test (see the "Feng Shui To the Rescue" section), it's useful to know which day to buy it on to get the best discount. Retailer reporting service SumAll has identified the best and worst days and months to find online deals and packed it all a handy infographic calendar. They compiled data from more than 3,000 merchants and almost half a billion transactions over four years.

It may not come as a surprise that November offers the biggest discounts (an average of 5.99%), followed by post-holiday January (4.95%), but the data also show that March is a dismal time to shop if you're looking for sales (2.76%). The best days to buy are Tuesday and Thursday, but don't look for big savings on Sunday. And new companies offer the biggest deals versus established ones.

There are specific days and months that are best for particular shopping categories. In general, major holidays like Independence Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Black Friday after Thanksgiving are busy shopping days and a good time for discounts. In the US, Californian wins in offering the best deals, while North Dakota and West Virginia are far behind. Almost 50% of all discount are given in California, Texas, New York, Illinois, and Florida.

When do you like to shop for bargains?
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Schedule a Consultation or Workshop.
If you would like to set up a home, office, or business consultation, or schedule a customized workshop, contact:
Carol M. Olmstead, FSIA
Feng Shui Master Practitioner
Call toll free 1.800.652.9038 or e-mail

Carol M. Olmstead, FSIA, 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.

©2012, Carol M. Olmstead

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