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Taming the Paper Tiger at Home by Barbara Hemphill Taming the Paper Tiger at Home
by Barbara Hemphill

Paperback: 196 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.64 x 9.34 x 7.36
Publisher: Kiplinger Books; 6th edition (October 2002)
ISBN: 0938721976

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Elaine Petrocelli President, Book Passage, Corte Madera, California: "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)."

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

Dave Hubbard Fitness Expert Fit for the Master's Use: "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!"

Patricia Gates Lynch U.S. Ambassador (Retired): "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."

Pat Bender President, Bailey and Bender Personal and Organization Development: "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.

Nancy Samalin Author, Loving Your Child is Not Enough; Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma and Loving Each One Best: "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."

Maggie Bedrosian Author, Life is More Than Your To Do List: "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."

Beverly Beckham Columnist, Boston Herald: 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!"

Book Description: This new edition helps people organize everything in their homes, from tax records to children's papers and recipes.

Ingram: Most people have an area they'd like to get "more organized". At home, maybe it's a dining room table laden with bills and receipts or photographs that need labeling. No matter what the situation, Barbara Hemphill has the practical solution to help control these "Paper Tigers".

From the Publisher: 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."

From the Back Cover: Does the paper tiger have you in its grip? When company's coming, do you hide papers in drawers, and later wonder where you put the Visa bill? Do you file an extension on your income tax year after year? Do you spend money on magazines and newspapers that you end up recycling instead of reading?

Strange as it may sound, having the right information at the right time can help you save money or have a good time. Not having it costs time and money-and can create a family crisis in seconds. Good organizing skills will dramatically improve the quality of your life, and they're easier to develop than you might think.

Barbara Hemphill tells you how to tame the "paper tiger" with quick, practical solutions to managing every piece of paper that comes into your house. She'll show you how to decide what to keep, what to toss-and most important-how to find it exactly when you need it, so you make room for your life! You'll learn how to:
• convert unopened mail and unpaid bills into an efficient "home office"
• manage everything from recipes, photographs and kids' art work to tax records, important family documents and memorabilia.
• practice the "Art of Wastebasketry"
• maintain a calendar so no one in the family misses important events
• turn your "to do" lists into results

About the Author: Barbara Hemphill began helping people get their lives organized in 1978 with a $7 ad in a New York City newspaper. Now, this past president of the National Association of Professional Organizers speaks ro audiences of thousands and counsels major corporations. She has appeared on many television shows, including Today, Good Morning America and CBS This Morning. Ms. Hemphill is also the authro of Tmaing the Paper Tiger at Work and Simplify Your Workday.

Customer Reviews
On and Organizational Kick..., July 21, 2002
Reviewer: sarah from Concord, NH United States
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.

Excellent, March 7, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from No. VA
I first borrowed this book from the library then went out an bought it for future reference. I was already using many of the processes explained but it has reinforced what I was doing and aided in clearing out the last of the paper mess in my life.

Piles of paper are disappearing, February 20, 2000
Reviewer: Mary Huntsman from Lake Oswego, Oregon
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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