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Welcome to the Feng Shui For Real Life Ezine, 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's Message for the Month
When I decided to write about Feng Shui for your kitchen this month, an old memory popped into my head. You will love this story: Years ago when I was renovating my kitchen I started dating a guy who loved to do home improvements, and he offered to do the tile work for me. I remember asking a friend if I should accept this amazing offer since we had only started dating. Her response was "why not," because the worst thing that could happen would be that I break up with the guy but get to keep the great kitchen. I accepted the offer and we worked happily side-by-side on my kitchen. The result was a beautiful cobalt blue kitchen...and a wonderful husband for 25 years! Working together on projects is good Feng Shui for your home, and it sends a message that there's a place for him/her in it. There's a similar theme in my blog post this month that's about combining households, and in the success story. Happy June, everyone!
Carol M. Olmstead
Feng Shui Master Practitioner

Feng Shui Tip of the Month – Feng Shui For Your Kitchen
A clean, bright, and clutter-free kitchen is a symbol of good health and prosperity in Feng Shui. The kitchen represents the heart of the house because that's where you prepare the food that nourishes and sustains life. Here are a few things you can do to create a Feng Shui kitchen in any home, no matter how large or small.

Choose the Right Colors. Use bright, sunny, and earthy colors like yellow, terracotta, and brown to feel stable and grounded in your kitchen. Use the color red sparingly in a kitchen, because your stove, microwave, and other appliances generate enough of the Fire Element.

Take Care of Your Stove. A stove is associated with wealth so it's important to keep all of your cooking surfaces clean and in good working order. Immediately fix any nonworking burners, and if you have a favorite burner, consider using a different one occasionally to symbolize that you are taking full advantage of all of your financial resources. Hang a mirror behind your stove or display a shiny teakettle to symbolically double the number of burners and double your wealth.

Control Water. Water symbolizes the flow of wealth, so a leaking faucet means money "going down the drain." Fix your leaks and you will stop the drain on your finances. If your sink and stove are located across from each other it also represents a financial drain. Place a small, nickel size mirror on the stove to reflect away the water, or place a green rug on the floor between them.

Display Fresh Flowers and Fruit. Display fresh flowers, healthy plants, or bowls of fruit in your kitchen to represent vitality. The classic Feng Shui recommendation is a bowl of 9 oranges. Plants like lucky bamboo help clean and purify the air, so place them in the corners of a dark kitchen, between the sink and the stove, and on top of the refrigerator.

Light Your Kitchen. If you don't have a lot of natural lighting, brighten up your kitchen with pendants, chandeliers, recessed lights, track lighting, or under-cabinet lighting. It's best to avoid fluorescent lighting because it represents harsh, cutting energy. You can also hang a mirror across from the window to attract more light into a small kitchen.

Separate Food and Cleaning Supplies. Avoid storing your brooms, mops, and cleaning supplies out in the open or near your food, because this represents symbolically "sweeping away" and cleaning out your good health. It's okay to keep your trash under the sink, just be sure to use the smallest size container you can live with and empty it frequently. Never keep the cat's litter box in the kitchen.

Remove Clutter and Other Negative Chi. Try to keep your kitchen as clutter free as possible so positive chi can flow through your space. That means keeping your counters free from objects like newspapers, mail, and schoolwork, and limiting the number of knick-knacks you display. Update any old photos, take-out menus, or shopping lists on the fridge door. Replace the scorched oven mitts. To symbolically remove negative energy, sweep your kitchen floor toward the door rather than into the room. And, don't forget to throw out everything in your refrigerator and pantry that's stale, expired, or "fuzzy."

Clutter Clinic -- Mid-Year Clutter Clearing Tune Up
Reducing the clutter in your home and office on an ongoing basis is a key principle of Feng Shui, but June is the perfect time for a mid-year tune up to make sure your home and office are clutter free. Here are ten of the simple clutter clearing tips that I've collected from my clients and from professional organizer colleagues. These tips range from organizing closets, to getting rid of books, to handling paper clutter, and everything in between.
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 your favorite charity.
2. Never leave a room without picking up something that belongs in another one and actually taking it there.
3. If you don't use it, lose it. Go through your closet and if you find something from last season that you didn't wear, put it in a "donate" bag.
4. Pull out an old photo album, scan the photos, and then get rid of the actual photos.
5. Follow the rule of "one in - one out." That is, nothing new comes in until you make room for it by getting rid of something.
6. Set up a binder with pocketed dividers for each month, then place tickets, reservations, meeting reminders, medical appointment cards, etc. into each month's pocket, instead of jumbling them together.
7. Check your office bulletin board for any old phone lists, outdated memos, or restaurant menus, then rearrange what's left so that the information you need to use the most often is in the spot where it is the easiest to see.
8. Empty your e-mail trash folder before you leave your office or shut down your computer for the night, so you can start the next day with fresh energy when you check e-mail.
9. Get rid of everything that reminds you of how much weight you've gained or lost if you wish it had been the opposite.
10. Take digital photos of your child's artwork and school projects instead of saving every thing that comes home, then turn them into booklets, greeting cards, stickers, postcards, etc., so you can continue to appreciate your child's creativity.

Do you have clutter-clearing and organizing tips to share? Click here to email Carol Olmstead.

Success Story – Nancy’s Bedroom Makeover
My client Nancy had gone through a nasty divorce and had been living a solitary life while she healed, and her too-small twin bed reflected her isolation. Her only bed partners were her three dogs. Nancy had reconnected with a past love, but only online, and she wanted to see if she could rekindle the relationship. I recommended that she trade in her teenage-style bed for an adult size, move out some of the furniture, and repaint her room from girlish purple to a skin-tone color more suitable for an adult relationship.

Here is what Nancy wrote:
My new queen bed feels great, and I have no dogs in it. I brought in two matching antique bedside tables from another room and lamps from storage. I removed a lot of unnecessary furniture as you suggested and that made the room feel bigger. The day we spoke I bought the new bed and consigned the old twin. I saw both the wisdom and the necessity of what you told me, and I am sleeping better than I have for a long time. That gave me incentive to redo my home office, library, and a closet. It feels cleaner and more airy all throughout the house. I am taking two boxes of pottery and ornaments to the resale place along with 58 items of clothing I no longer wear. I picked out a more natural color for the walls and the painter will be here soon. Received my first written love letter from my friend two days after the changes were in place were in place, a big change from our usually e-conversations.

Share your own Feng Shui Success Story on my Facebook page.

Ask the Feng Shui Maven
Q: I work in an office that has no windows and overhead fluorescent lighting. How do I make my office feel more comfortable?
A: First, turn off the fluorescent lights and bring in desk and floor lamps to use instead. Hang artwork with an image that's looking out through a window, or images of trees, water, and anything you find in the natural world. Hang a mirror to the side of your desk to give the illusion of a window, and add several living plants into your office. Click here for my article "Feng Shui Friendly House Plants," which includes those that can survive in office lighting.

Q: I hate my sofa. I bought it at a consignment shop because that's all I could afford. Is it bad Feng Shui to have second-hand furniture?
A: Buying previously-owned furniture can be positive Feng Shui as long as you feel positive about the object. However, it becomes what I call "poverty mentality" when you feel you are accepting second best because it's all you can afford. I suggest you replace the sofa with one that you feel more positive about, whether or not it's from consignment.

Q: I'm planning to save my wedding bouquet by letting it dry naturally. What do you think, is this a good idea?
A: I often hear from women who want to hold on to their dried wedding bouquets or dried first roses from their boyfriend. I'm as sentimental as anyone, but dried flowers are considered negative energy in Feng Shui, especially when they become unattractive. It's a better idea to save the ribbons that were tied around the bouquet or the card that came with the roses instead of the actual flowers.

Do you have Feng Shui questions?
Email Carol Olmstead, then watch this newsletter for the answers.

Feng Shui Video Class – Grow Your Business With Feng Shui
It's a great year to start or expand your a business! My 90-minute, self-paced course includes tips for activating the Career/Work bagua area, along with simple changes you can make in your home that will advance your career or business.

Among other things, you'll learn 6 amazing tips that will help you create a space that supports you and your business. Watch as I use Feng Shui principles to conduct a hands-on transformation of a client's workplace and create a dynamic home office that gives more clarity, less clutter and distractions, and ultimately, more success.

Buy One Class For Yourself, Buy Another To Give to a Friend
Click here to watch the introductory video and register to take the class.

New on Carol's Feng Shui For Real Life Blog
My posts from last month included:
The Challenge of Combining Two Households
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Feng Shui For Real Life Bookstore
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365 Feng Shui Secrets
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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.

I welcome your referrals. If you know of a group or organization that would be interested in scheduling me as a speaker, email 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, email, FaceTime, 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, email Carol Olmstead or call 1.800.652.9038. I welcome your referrals

Beyond Feng Shui – Street Names and Home Values
"What's in a name?" asks Juliet in one of literature's most famous questions. When it comes to a street name, the answer is "a lot." Street names reveal if a neighborhood is expensive or affordable, brand-new, or decades old. This might seem surprising considering the relatively random process by which streets get their names - a real-estate developer might come up with a motif that seems relevant to a particular place or just an arbitrary theme, and some hold competitions among employees and then pick the winning names. But if you look at enough data, patterns start to emerge, and even randomness has an order.

Turning to the same database they use to estimate and analyze home values, New York Times reporters Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries looked at years of data about sales and listings and learned three things about the relationship between home values and street names:
1. Names are better than numbers
2. Lanes are better than streets
3. Unusual names are better than common ones

On average, homes on named streets are 2% more valuable than those on numbered streets.

Next, they looked at street suffixes - the "roads," "drives" and "boulevards." Boulevards and avenues include the most homes on average, while courts and lanes include the fewest. Most significant, suffixes have a lot to say about home prices. Homes on "streets" are almost always among the least valuable. If you're looking for a higher-value home, you're much more likely to find it on a "way" or a "place."

Finally, the reporters found that when it comes to home value, you should also look at streets with uncommon names. Nationally, the most common street names have the lowest home values. For example, Main Street is the most common street name in America, but it's also the least valuable. Main Street homes are worth, on average, about 4% less than America's median. On the other side of the spectrum, homes on "Lake" average 16% more than the national median home value, and those on "Sunset" are a close second.

Click here to read the New York Times article.

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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 Ezine” 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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