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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 – Halloween Feng Shui
October is the month when just about everything is decked out in orange and black, or covered with cobwebs and creepy creatures. Several readers have asked whether the changes they make when they decorate for Halloween can undo the the Feng Shui adjustments they already made. The simple answer is that there's no need to worry about ruining the positive Feng Shui of a home if you follow a few simple decorating guidelines for balancing the Five Elements. The Five Elements is the term we use in Feng Shui to describe the colors, shapes, and textures around you. These Elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and each has a characteristic shape, color, and set of attributes.

Here are a few simple Halloween decorating tips that help keep the Five Elements in balance.

Decorate in Orange and Black. It's natural to use lots of the colors orange and black for Halloween decorations, but it's also good Feng Shui to balance these Fire and Water Elements. Orange, a Fire Element, is called the "social color." Using lots of orange decorations promotes conversation and communication, which is especially important to assure a lively and festive Halloween for the whole family. Black is the Water Element color that represents the flow on energy, so it's best used by the front of your home. The front door is considered the "Mouth of Chi" in Feng Shui where all positive energy enters, and this is the ideal place for the Water Element.

Lighting. Lighting is a major tool of Feng Shui, and for Halloween this could be as simple as displaying a lighted jack-o-lantern near your front door or keeping the porch light on. You can also light the path to your home with lanterns or luminarias. For a Halloween party, use orange bulbs in some lamps and overhead fixtures, or black, orange, white, or metallic colored candles. Just be sure to avoid displaying these colors in your bedroom or in the Love/Relationship area of your home.

Cobwebs. Halloween is the one time that cobwebs are considered positive Feng Shui because they are part of the spirit of the holiday. Normally, cobwebs around your front door or outdoor furniture represent being so stuck that you are unable to move forward. Just remember to quickly remove all the fake webs from around the outside and inside of your home after Halloween, and dust away the real cobwebs as well.

Animal Symbols. Animal symbols like owls, bats, and ravens are good Feng Shui symbols for Halloween. Outside, display owls by your front door facing out and inside place them in windows peering out. Ravens are another mysterious and powerful symbol because their deep black color and macabre presence represents mystery and power.

Clutter Clinic -- Six Places to Start Clutter Clearing
If you have an overwhelming amount of clutter to tackle, your first question might be "Where do I start?" The simple answer is "Start anywhere," but my guess is that's not going to get you motivated to actually get rid of anything. Here are some clutter-clearing "starters" from to help get you on the path to a clutter-free home.
1. Start with the place that bothers you the most. Is there a cluttered place you see every day, and every day it drives you crazy, like the mud room where the kids dump all their sports gear and dirty sneakers? You'll gain momentum for other projects without this big frustration looming over you.
2. Start with the attic, basement, or garage. These are notorious clutter-magnets because when you dump stuff here it seems to be "out of sight, out of mind." But, that often makes it easier to decide whether an item in these areas is a keeper or clutter, like the paint can from the wall color that was painted over years ago.
3. Start with the quick wins. Do you have things you can unclutter relatively easily, such as old baby clothes when your last child has outgrown them? You might want to start there and see immediate progress before tackling areas that will be harder for you, like the kitchen cabinets and pantry.
4. Start where you'll save money. If you're renting a storage unit for your clutter, you can save money by clearing it out and giving it up, or at least moving to a small and less costly unit.
5. Start with your own stuff. If you're living with other family members or roommates who are skeptical about uncluttering, start with the things that are purely your own so you can lead by example.
6. Start with your oldest files. This will provide a "quick win" because it's often easier to get rid of things like a file folder of 10-year-old utility bills than to sort a stack of current bills. Plus, you'll find room to store newer paperwork that you must keep for tax purposes.
Click here to read about more places to start your clutter clearing.

Success Story – Barbara's Unexpected Home Remodel
Barbara's home was in sad state of neglect when she called me for a consultation. She and her husband were having communication difficulties and the house was symbolic of their personal and marital stalemate. Some serious clutter clearing and redecorating was in order, but their budget was limited.

Here's what Barbara wrote:

The whole inside of house has been repainted except for basement, because we don't have the money for that. Our bedroom is a skin tone color and our daughter's is a youthful purple. The outside of house has been power-washed and is being painted tomorrow. Our bedroom was cleared of the computer, desk, and nasty old carpet, and we are already sleeping better. The floor on the entry level was ripped up today and the new flooring should be finished in the next couple of days. There have been many trips to the dump and Goodwill, and many more to be made. Our pictures, wall stuff, and remaining junk are in the basement, waiting to be sorted. We realize we are in the necessary chaos that must happen in order for us to get to the other side. But the good news is that for the first time in a long while, my husband and I are on the same page with our communication and desire to make this happen. There is already a more positive, cheerful energy that has opened up, even from just removing all the negative stuff we had. Our sense of creativity has opened up since we've cleared so much space.

And then, an unexpected thing happened to Barbara - the painter left the hose on near the house and their basement flooded.

We had to bring everything upstairs and call an emergency service. The basement carpet had to go, but the painting company owned up to doing it and their insurance is making it right. So now the basement will also have new carpet and fresh paint. At first, it felt like a huge step backwards and we were very stressed and bummed, but it forced us to finally deal with our stuff. Since it's all in our face in the living room we couldn't procrastinate dealing with it like we did when it was downstairs. It also fascinated me that the damage was from the Water element. Maybe it is a washing away the past sort of thing, or something profound like that.

Read more about the symbolism of floods in the Q&A section.

I would love to share YOUR success story. Email Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038 to schedule your home or office consultation.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: You've been answering a lot of questions about mirrors in your newsletter and I hope you don't mind one more. I have 2 mirrors in my bedroom that face each other. Is this a bad thing, and should I move or get rid of one of them? Can't wait to hear back from you. Love your book and blog.
A: It's not considered good Feng Shui to have mirrors facing each other, because the chi bounces back and forth between then and never settles down. This can be especially unsettling in a bedroom when you are trying to sleep. The Feng Shui recommendation is to limit the number of mirrors in a bedroom to no more than one, and position it where you can't see yourself in it when you're in bed. If you must keep the two mirrors, drape one with scarves or fabric at night. Click here to read my article about using mirrors in Feng Shui.

Q: What does a flood symbolize in Feng Shui? Our basement was drenched during the recent rainstorm and we had to get rid of a lot of stuff. There were some sentimental things, but mostly it was junk we hadn't looked at in decades, some of it had unpleasant memories. Was the flood actually a positive Feng Shui event?
A: I received many questions this month about flooded basements, most due to torrential rains. Sadly some people lost useful items, but most saw the flood as the perfect opportunity to get rid of all the stuff they were storing in basements. Slow leaks and drips are considered negative in Feng Shui because they represent a constant drain of your wealth. However, there is some belief that a flood represents an immediate clearing of stuck energy. Many of the people who wrote said that although it was tough work mopping up and clearing out after the flood damage, their homes (and consequently their lives) felt lighter after the flood forced them to clear out their basements.

Q: My husband has been diagnosed with clinical depression, is there a particular bagua area where I need to make some Feng Shui adjustments? He says that the house feels like it's weighing him down. What do I do to help him?
A: I recommend you take a look at the Family, Creativity, and Grounding Areas of your home and first remove all of the clutter, then makes sure that all of the furniture in those areas is in good condition and the artwork is pleasant and uplifting. (Download a bagua at to find these areas in your home.) If the house feels "heavy," look for things like a low or slanted ceiling, heavy exposed beams, or textured ceilings. You want to symbolically raise these by aiming lights at them, painting beams and low ceilings the same color as the walls, and hanging artwork with images that are vertical rather than horizontal. You can also place tall plants, floor lamps, or tall furniture in the corners of the room to lift the chi in a room.

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

Feng Shui For Real Life Blog
Here's a recent post from the Feng Shui For Real Life Blog: In Celebration of the Color Orange
People either love or hate the color orange. It's the color of Halloween and autumn leaves, so there's a lot of orange around these days. Even if you don't really like the color, surrounding yourself with orange can make you feel energized, creative, and motivated.
Click here to read the post and to subscribe to the Feng Shui For Real Life Blog.

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Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office --
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Feng Shui Workshops
Introducing The Feng Shui Home Party
Feng Shui + Friends = Fun
This is your invitation to host a fun and fascinating Feng Shui Home Party. I'll provide an interactive 2-hour Feng Shui afternoon or evening workshop at your home for you and your friends, and you get a free Feng Shui home consultation. Everyone learns practical Feng Shui basics and tips they can take back to their own homes, gets handouts, a copy of my book, and some surprises. A Feng Shui Home Party is a chance to get together with your friends and learn Feng Shui in a relaxed atmosphere, with advice for the homes and apartments in your neighborhood. Your workshop will be customized for your group, with popular topics like "Finding Love with Feng Shui," "10 Ways to Attract Wealth," or Creating Harmony at Home with Feng Shui."

The Feng Shui Home Party is perfect for housewarming parties, bridal showers, holiday get-togethers, or a special "girls night in."

Here's How It Works:
You invite up to nine guests, provide refreshments, and get a Feng Shui consultation for your home. Everyone learns Feng Shui basis, participates hands-on in the host's home consultation, and gets a copy of my book. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Guests also get a deep discount if they book their own home consultation.
Click here for details and to schedule your Feng Shui Home Party.

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 --
Carol rocked it with her powerful workshop, and how great to have the entire day to soak it as she covered so much. Everyone really LOVED it! Carol's fresh take on Feng Shui is invigorating yet light enough to actually make changes and see immediate results in a space. Her book is additional reinforcement to her live trainings. Carol makes the process fun and yes, anyone can do this! -- Jennifer Ashton, Jennifer Ashton Interiors

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
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). Nationwide, I consult on request throughout the US.

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.

Here's what clients are saying about Carol's On-Site Feng Shui Consulting:
You stood here in my family room and said, "Now that the renovations are done and no more fixes are needed, there are no more excuses, it's time to write." And that's what I'm doing. Your consultation was a big factor behind this exciting time for me, and you can tell everyone that I said so.

I am love, love, loving my Feng Shui'd home. I have added red to many of the rooms, like you talked about, and what a difference. Thank you again for coming and doing your magic.
J.P., Executive Coach

Appointments fill up fast, especially on weekends Click here for details and to schedule.

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.

Here's what clients are saying about Carol's off-site Feng Shui consultations:
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 especially appreciate the Hotline Coaching Package so 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 remote Feng Shui consultation, e-mail Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038. I welcome your referrals

From the Feng Shui Store
New in the Feng Shui Art Gallery - "Nine Goldfish"
The first print in the Feng Shui Menagerie Collection is now available for order. This original series of highly quality giclée print was created by artist Morgan C. Leshinsky to use as Feng Shui cures for specific bagua areas in your home. "Nine Goldfish" is a powerful Feng Shui Wealth Cure. Click here to order "Nine Goldfish."

Purse Hangers
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. The Feng Shui 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.
Click here to order a purse hanger for yourself and for your friends at the Feng Shui Store at

Beyond Feng Shui – How To Stop Robocalls
It's political campaign season in many communities, and if your ears weren't already ringing from automated calls hawking everything from low-interest loans to vinyl siding, you're starting to get robocalls from pollsters and candidates. Here's some advice from Jennifer King Lindley, writing for, that will help you get some peace and quiet, especially at dinner time.

Who's Calling: Legitimate Businesses. Sophisticated technology now allows companies to blast out thousands of calls a minute. But you aren't helpless, you just need to find out who is calling and the steps you can take to make them go away. Companies are legally allowed to send robocalls to your landline as long as the calls are strictly informational; however, they're not allowed to make sales pitches and can't send robocalls to your cell phone.
What you can do: If you aren't sure whether or not you've given a company permission to call you, contact its customer service department. The representative should be able to assist you in finding out and adding you to their do-not-call list. If a company makes a sales pitch when you're on that list, report it at

Who's Calling: Political Groups, Charities, Researchers Conducting Surveys. These groups are legally permitted to place robocalls to your landline. All these groups need your consent to call or text your cell phone.
What you can do: Pollsters get your phone from voter registration, but you can add your name to the National Political Do Not Contact Registry at And, call the politician's campaign headquarters and say, 'If you robocall me, I will not vote for you." For charities, contact each one and ask not to be called. For surveys, just don't pick up if you don't recognize a number.

Who's Calling: Scammers. If a robocall from a company that you've never heard of offers you a great insurance rate or a low-interest loan, beware. These fraudsters have tricky ways to get you to pick up the phone, such as fake caller IDs, a practice known as "spoofing."
What you can do: Let all calls with IDs that you don't recognize go to voice mail. If you happen to answer a sales-telemarketing robocall, hang up immediately and don't press a number. Don't give out personal information, even if you think the caller is a legitimate bank or credit card company. Instead, call back at a number from a bank statement or a company website in case the call is bogus, says Katherine Hutt, the national spokesperson for the Better Business Bureau in Washington D.C. If annoying calls of any kind still get through, ask your phone company about call-blocking services, especially "private" numbers, which are often used by solicitors.

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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:
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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 (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.

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