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17 Spatulas and the Man Who Fried an Egg: Reclaim Your Space Mentally and Physically Kindle Edition
This book is about something other than cooking, so you will not learn a new way to prepare vegetables for dinner. Instead, you will uncover your root causes of why you hold onto stuff.
Spoiler Alert: It isn't because you are lazy.
Certified through The National Association of Senior and Specialty Move Managers (NASMM), professional organizer Lisa Geraci Rigoni explores our relationship with our stuff, dipping below the surface of a how-to book about organizing.
Lisa reveals that "the stuff (you make up) about your stuff (physical clutter) is not about your stuff."
With stories from almost two decades of guiding clients and five decades of personal development, Lisa hopes to inspire and motivate you. If you have organizational challenges, Lisa's insights will help you to resolve mental disruption caused by the physical objects you can see and what you cannot see - yet.
Invest in yourself!
Reading this book will transform your life, allowing you to reclaim your space mentally and physically. Glinda, the Good Witch, tells Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, "You have always had the power, my dear. You just had to learn it for yourself."
"Through engaging stories and highly relatable experiences, Lisa Geraci Rigoni helps us identify the connection we make between mental and physical well-being and why we hold on to too much stuff If you find yourself challenged by a house full of stuff and desire a change, let Lisa guide you on an inner journey to transform your outer life."
-Joshua Becker, # 1 Vall Street Journal Bestselling Author of The Minimalist Home
"I found myself relating to stories Lisa eloquently shares in her book. When did 'things' that grace the bookshelves and closets of my home become stuff? It's time to take a journey of releasing!"
-Becky Norwood, Spotlight Publishing House
Lisa's simple yet powerful stories will touch you while simultaneously challenging you to look deep within yourself at the "clutter" that is holding you back from being the best version of yourself. We could all be a bit happier if we just tried a LITL.
-Harry Roberts, Co-Founder of MattressFirm
A masterful storyteller, Lisa invites us into the spaces of her life and her clients' lives, where intimate untold stories lie buried in disorganized, often cluttered rooms. With compassion and wisdom, she connects with her clients who share their emotional attachment to the tangibles that have become their lives. Offering her clients a simple and sensible four-step model for letting go of "things" that for decades have consumed all the corners of their minds and hearts, she helps them untether from the chaos and regain a sense of order and peace. Refreshing, delightful,
endearing, and practical, Lisa's book is about our interior home, the sacred space where all our lived experiences are stored, as much as it is about the sacred space of our physical home. I highly recommend 17 Spatulas
and the Man Who Fried an Egg to anyone ready for a practical, heart-centered guide for decluttering and reclaiming their space and lives.
-Suzanne Nixon, EdD, LPC, LMFT, CMT
Psychotherapist, Somatic Therapist, Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Lisa's book encouraged me to see my belongings in a new light, and when I believed I was too busy, I remembered I intended to clean up my kitchen and living room on the weekend. Imagining Lisa's encouraging voice supporting me made it fun and easy, and I feel so excited to keep going in the other rooms!
-Lynn Thompson, Writer and Editor
I've known Lisa for approximately 42 years. Through our occasional visits over the years, I've had the opportunity to see her grow into this incredibly insightful woman, which has been a true blessing and the primary reason I recognize this book. In addition to drawing from her experiences with clients she has guided to "declutter" their living spaces, she shares her own personal "decluttering," both physical and emotional, which interestingly reflects the clutter we all face. When we went through the COVID shutdown, many of us "shut down." I did. But eventually, I
started clearing my home of excess "clutter," as recommended by Lisa in this book, and felt my life becoming more open and lighter. If you want a lift in your spirit, brighter light in your eyes, and freedom, here is a huge step to get you there.
-Kevyn Morrow, Broadway, Television, Film Actor
Why does our stuff-even our oldest, barely-used, and probably useless stuff-have such an emotional grip on our psyches and, thus, our actions (or inactions)? This emotional straitjacket often reaches the point of absurdity, as we can't bring ourselves to move on from the items that clutter our closets, shelves, homes, and minds. Lisa Geraci Rigoni knows why. She reveals these truths about herself, and in the process, she does the same for her readers, simply by being honest about that visceral vice grip that a simple, inanimate object has over us. With anecdotes about her quirky clients and even quirkier family (is there any other kind?), Lisa takes us on a journey that begins in childhood and informs us how our habits, fears, and obsessions regarding the objects in our lives are rooted in deep human connections. Then, by honestly assessing our ties with the stuff in our lives, we can make sense of why we hold on and how we move on to better caring for what we keep and letting the rest go."
-Tony Howard, CCE, IOM
President & CEO, Loudoun Chamber of Commerce
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B0BTMV7J2F
- Publisher : Spotlight Publishing (31 January 2023)
- Language : English
- File size : 3394 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 204 pages
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Top reviews from other countries
As a therapist, homeowner, and member of the Sandwich Generation, I found the Someday Syndrome and Memory Hoarders chapters especially helpful. We learn that letting a loved one’s items go after they die is not letting THEM go. We are allowed to have a clutter free space, while keeping the memory of our time, rather than their stuff with us. The author encourages us to surround ourselves with things that bring us happiness, not to be a “memory hoarder.” We don’t have to keep every item of theirs around us. She gives permission to “enjoy it or sell it.”
I recommend 17 Spatulas for anyone who has trouble letting things go—whether it is physical stuff or emotional baggage. It isn’t so much a self-help book, but stories to which we can all relate and learn.
Through stories of working with her clients over the years, we discover why things become so important to us, why we collect things, and why we can’t let go of them. I absolutely saw myself and my family in some of these stories (“Letting Go, Keeping the Memory”), and as a professional home stager who works with owners to prepare their houses for sale, I saw some of my clients, too. In this regard, some of what I do overlaps with what Lisa does. I’ve certainly gained new insights that will help me help my own clients.
I was very impressed and moved by the way the author candidly reveals her own struggles with ADD (which is really her superpower… read the book to learn why!), and how she honestly talks about her own life struggles. She candidly writes about how she sought counseling, but she goes one step further. She consults with therapists, coaches and mentors to better understand others, their own struggles, and how she can help by guiding them to let go of the unnecessary stuff in their lives. Her own research led to the creation of her LITL method of organizing and removing the unnecessary “stuff” in our homes and ultimately our lives.
This book is only about 200 pages long, and the chapters are succinct but impactful. There’s no fancy language with big, unpronounceable words with complicated meanings. Its written almost as if you’re having a conversation with your best friend, or maybe your inner self. It hits at the heart of the matter on so many levels.
I’ll definitely recommend this book to family, friends, and others in the home staging industry.
Lisa vividly shares experiences throughout her own life as well as several clients’ journeys with her guidance. You’ll laugh, maybe even cry a little and thoroughly enjoy the ride while experiencing insight into what drives you to hold on to so many things.
Lisa’s LITL system breaks down how to get started and create momentum to break through your clutter…mentally and physically. It’s simple!
I read this book in one sitting…I couldn’t put it down. As a 28-year real estate veteran, I’m excited to share this book with clients as well as friends and family.
Buy this book! You’ll be so happy you did!
I enjoyed the book & I saw a lot of myself and how I deal with things personally.