Less Clutter More Life

Dec 16, 2014

Louise Wannier photoIf Barbara says get rid of it, get rid of it.

For twenty years, Barbara Hemphill, founder of Productive Environment Institute, has been helping individuals, executives, and whole companies eliminate stacks of paper and piles of clutter. With the advancement of technology, she began aiming her focus at digital clutter. Now, Barbara has refined her intention even more, pinpointing the “challenging and subtle emotional and spiritual clutter that truly prevents people from accomplishing their work and enjoying their lives.”

The result is Less Clutter More Life.

Less Clutter More Life contains…timeless principles, starting with “Clutter is Postponed Decisions®” and ending with “Together We Are Better.” It tells the story of how I started in the organizing business and why I believe that today, more than ever, those principles are essential to accomplishing your work and enjoying your life.

Our lives are a puzzle, but unlike a puzzle that you and I might put together in which we would complete the edges first, only God has the frame for our lives. Every experience we have is a piece in that puzzle, though we do not fully understand the depth and breadth of it during our lifetime. This new book addresses that truth. It is written with the hope that you will be encouraged and energized to eliminate your clutter, thus enabling you to uncover the true purpose in your life. (

Barbara has partnered with good friend and local artist and entrepreneur Louise Wannier of Louis Jane designs, who has provided contextual photographs. When asked how she chose the photos that correspond to Barbara’s text, Louise said…

The book is about uncovering and releasing the spiritual and emotional blocks that are creating our clutter, so I sat with each page that Barbara had written and tried to find the photos that reflected the point, the essence of the page. It was an extremely meditative process. When I design, I look for the flow, so as I looked at my photographs for the perfect fit, I looked for the flow—the image that best represented and mirrored the underpinning of Barbara’s message.

There are five steps to Barbara’s plan to rid oneself of clutter in order to work effectively, efficiently and life to the fullest. One section is called “Design and Execute the Plan: Make the Choices.” The exercise here is what Barbara calls FAT: file, act, or toss. For each piece of paper, one decides whether to file it, act on it, or toss it. The idea is to only keep things that are going to help accomplish your work and enjoy your life. The picture I chose is of two darling lambs because only “two” are needed (file or act), while the third is toss, so it’s gone.

Darnyelle Jervey, CEO of Incredible One Enterprises, writes, “What Barbara Hemphill has done with Less Clutter More Life is simply incredible! The simplicity of her strategies is masterful and exude her wealth of knowledge and expertise in this area.”

Less Clutter More Life may be purchased locally at Vroman’s and Flintridge Bookstore and Coffeehouse. It may also be found on Amazon and at


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