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"A 'must read' for anyone who spends more than five minutes a day shuffling peper." -- Kenneth H. Blanchard Co-Author of The One Minute Manager

"Barbara Hemphill's valuable, sensible, organizing techniques will help improve the quality of life in every home. This practical guide makes life easier for parents and children-now and in the years to come." -- Nancy Samalin Author, Loving Your Child is Not Enough; Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma and Loving Each One Best

"Bravo for Barbara Hemphill's two-question test of a system: Does it work and do you like it? Taming the Paper Tiger at Home helps me find the joy in organizing. It works and I love it! It makes a great gift." -- Maggie Bedrosian Author, Life is More Than Your To Do List

"By applying the simple, practical and profound principles of Taming the Paper Tiger at Home, you will quickly find time you never knew you had to do more of the things you really want to do. This book will improve the quality of your life!" -- Dave Hubbard Fitness Expert Fit for the Master's Use

"Earlier in the year, Barbara spent a morning in my store helping me to organize my office. I like going into my office now. Thanks to Barbara Hemphill, I'm in charge and the paper tiger is in the cage (well actually it's in its file)." -- Elaine Petrocelli President, Book Passage, Corte Madera, California

"My busy life as a United States ambassador was made much easier thanks to Barbara Hemphill's valuable advice on how to organize the masses of diplomatic and personal paper surrounding me. I still keep Taming the Paper Tiger at Home handy in my home on the Chesapeake Bay." -- Patricia Gates Lynch U.S. Ambassador (Retired)

"When I heard Barbara discussing Taming the Paper Tiger at Home on television, I got off my treadmill and started cleaning off my desk. For four years I had been looking for the missing link to start my business, and using Barbara's techniques, I discovered exactly what I needed! I owe it all to her. Whenever I practice "The Art of Wastebasketry," I think to myself, "Barbara would be so proud of me!" It makes such a difference in my life. -- Pat Bender President, Bailey and Bender Personal and Organization Development

What people are saying about Taming the Paper Tiger "The top of my desk was like Jimmy Hoffa. It disappeared long ago. But thanks to Barbara Hemphill, what was lost has been found. Finally, I'm organized!" -- Beverly Beckham Columnist, Boston Herald --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Most people have an area they'd like to get "more organized." At work, it could be a desk buried in phone messages, memos and work-in-progress, overstuffed file cabinets or indecipherable computer files. At home, maybe it's a dining room table laden with bills and receipts, a pile of articles waiting to be read or photographs that need labeling. No matter what the situation, Barbara Hemphill has the practical solution to help control these "Paper Tigers." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Business; 6th edition (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938721976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938721970
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About Barbara Hemphill

Barbara Hemphill started her business with a $7 ad in a New York City newspaper. For 20 years, she focused on paper and physical clutter. With the growth of the internet, she began applying her principles to digital clutter. In recent years Barbara concluded that the true clutter that prevents people from accomplishing their work and enjoying their lives is emotional and spiritual clutter.

As the founder of Productive Environment Institute, Barbara is passionate about helping business leaders create and sustain a productive environment - an intentional setting where everyone can accomplish their work and enjoy their lives. Productive Environment Institute provides services to design and implement systems for managing information, time, and space. The result is increased profit, productivity, and peace of mind.

Productive Environment Institute also offers a comprehensive training program that helps individuals who love systems build a productivity consulting business. This program affords them the opportunity for substantial income, flexible hours, and the ability to work from anywhere by becoming a Certified Productive Environment Specialist.

Barbara's true passion is sharing her knowledge and experience with diverse audiences. Frequently referred to as the "Paper Tiger Lady," she is the author of Taming the Paper Tiger at Work, Love It or Lose It: Living Clutter-Free Forever, Organizing Paper @Home: What to Toss and How to Find the Rest! and Less Clutter More Life.

Spanning over three decades, Barbara's career remains on the cutting edge of what USA Today calls an $8 billion dollar industry. She's appeared on CNN Nightly News, Today Show and Good Morning America. She was featured on the covers of Today's Business Woman and Guideposts, and in Fast Company, New York Times, Investor's Business Daily, Real Simple, and Reader's Digest. Barbara is past president of the Washington DC chapter of National Speakers Association, and past president of National Association of Professional Organizers, where she was a winner of the Founder's Award, and a two-time winner of the President's Award.

Initially trained in music education, Barbara organized an international choir in Grenada, West Indies, and New Delhi, India. She can frequently be found in the choir or at the piano at her church. Barbara's mission is to express God's love through her work and her life.

An adventurer as well as an innovator, Barbara has lived in the West Indies, India, New York City, and Washington, DC. While volunteering in India in the 1970's, she felt called to adopt three orphan children - two daughters and one son who are now happy, healthy adults in the U.S. In addition, her family includes two stepchildren, four grandchildren, and her beloved one-of-a-kind husband Alfred Taylor, with whom she shares their own "productive environment" near Raleigh, NC.

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Months ago I saw the author on a morning talk show. I already own so many books on organization and clutter reduction, I thought what good would another book on the subject do me? Recently, after spending hours going through piles of paper that had been on the dining room table for weeks, and ending up with half of the papers in smaller piles, I ordered this book. I also ordered "Taming the Paper Tiger at Work" for my husband who is also "organizationally challenged". These books are quick reads, motivating, and the method the author lays out for managing all the paper in our lives is practical and easy. My husband took his book to work and spent the next two days revamping his files and was excited about it. My dining room table has been paper free for two weeks, and I know where to find info if I need, and what "papers" need to filled out, or phone calls made. Not only is my house tidier with less papers laying around, I feel less anxious that I am "forgetting" something.
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By Amy Leone on January 29, 2004
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I really appreciate any good book on organization. I would like to thank the author for her great advice on how to divide and conquer your "action" papers. This book is a nice complement to "File, Don't Pile" which gives much more detail on how to organize your other paper mess which is your reference files. I recommend both.
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I'd read Barbara Hemphill's earlier book and was glad to see she's expanded it into two books now with the focus on work and home. Being a chronic paper hoarder means rereading this book occasionally before the paper overwhelms me.

She really understands what needs organizing and streamlined, from messages to catalogs, recipes, photos, bills, tax records and the endless stream of paper that flows through our lives. Setting up the systems to handle our troublesome paper clutter brings relief. Some of it you know already, and just need a reminder, but other tips give new ways to handle the growing piles of paper.

Very practical.
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As a pastor, husband, father and caregiver to an ailing mother, I have more than my share of paperwork to manage at home. Hemphill has given me new hope that I can tame the paper tiger stalking on my increasingly cluttered desk! Her techniques are simple, easy to use and to understand. For anyone who is dealing with mountains of paperwork and is frustrated as a result, this title is a must-read!
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I would have rated this book higher if it had been the first book I read about organization. However, I purchased 5 at the same time while on a work space organizational kick. I read Organizing Your Workspace by Odette Pollar first as it states it's a quick read. Paper Tiger gave the same basic organization structure as Pollar's book, but with a more interesting and real tone than Pollar. However, Paper Tiger spent the second half of the book on the big picture of organizational organization, the home office, computer files, and long term maintenance of the filing system. Things I'm not interested in right now that I am in the overwhelming start of a new organizational process. This info may be helpful to me in a few months when I have established a routine and can concentrate on long term maintenance. I would have found more practical time saver tips and starting advise a better help.
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