Barbara Hemphill is passionate about helping people eliminate the physical, digital, emotional and spiritual clutter that prevents them from accomplishing their work and enjoying their lives.
Frequently referred to as “The Paper Tiger Lady,” Barbara started her company in 1978 with a $7 ad in a New York City newspaper. As her business grew, so did her vision. She wanted to be able to offer others the same opportunity that she had: a business of their own that could provide a lucrative income with flexible hours, doing something they love.
Today, Productive Environment Institute includes a growing team of Certified Productive Environment Specialists whose mission is helping clients organize and manage information, ultimately transforming how they work and live.
A respected expert in paper, information & time management, and work/life balance, Barbara’s books include Kiplinger’s Taming the Paper Tiger series; Love It or Lose It: Living Clutter-Free Forever; Bushido Business, co-authored by Stephen M.R. Covey, Tom Hopkins, and Brian Tracy; Organizing Paper @Home: What to Toss and How to Find the Rest, co-authored by Jennifer Suarez; and her latest release, Less Clutter More Life, illustrated by Louise Wannier.
Spanning a 38-year career on the cutting edge of a growing industry, Barbara has appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning America, in Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, The New York Times, Real Simple, and Guideposts magazine. She is past president of the National Association of Professional Organizers, a winner of the Founder’s Award, and a two-time winner of the President’s Award.
An adventurer as well as an innovator, Barbara has lived in the West Indies, India, New York City, and Washington, DC. While living in India in the 1970’s, she adopted three children. 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.