Lisa Geraci Rigoni
Lisa Geraci Rigoni is a professional organizer and owner of Leave it to Lisa-The Organizing Mentors. Lisa and her team help clients remove clutter from their garages, basements, closets and work spaces while providing them with guidance and encouragement to develop new habits. Working side by side, clients boost their calm, confidence and ultimately free up their available space as well as become more efficient.
Lisa’s primary mission is to help individuals, families and organizations improve their current situations. If required, she or a member of her team will identify and help resolve the chaos and self-destructive habits that lead to internal and external clutter. By addressing the issues that have brought clients to their present state of disorganization, clients develop clarity and freedom. Beyond decluttering space, Lisa and her team coach clients to implement best practices and inspire confidence to make positive choices that enrich their lives and set them free from the habits that have kept their minds and spaces cluttered. After working with them, clients are recharged from the acceptance and empathy they practice as they reclaim their physical and mental space. The non-judgmental manner Lisa and her team utilize is highly appreciated by those who engage her team for assistance.
Lisa started her career as a professional dancer/singer/actress in high school. She performed throughout the US and Canada in various productions of Shakespeare, Annie and Sesame Street Live.
She continued to pursue a career in theater into her 20’s, but found she wasn’t being cast in her targeted roles. Always very fit, she supplemented her income by teaching water aerobics. This led to teaching fitness and strength training classes at various downtown Chicago gyms. Her participants loved her energy and enthusiasm so much that she was awarded Instructor of the Year in 1996 by the Lakeshore Athletic Clubs and people asked her to train them privately. She passed The National Academy of Sports Medicine examination and was certified in personal training. In order to best serve her clients, Lisa started her first company, Evermore Fit, and ran it from 1996-2009.
Lisa’s personal training clients came to her seeking assistance to get started, reach their health and lifestyle goals and ultimately change their lives. They found that taking control of their health and fitness benefited other aspects of their lives. The internal and external changes were positive and empowering.
In 2004, she moved to NOVA with her husband and 6 month old daughter. She began teaching and training at a few gyms but found being a new Mom the best job of all. She was teaching scheduled classes and happily enjoying play dates with friends. Often times she found herself offering to help clear out her friends’ cupboards, closets and even garages. After helping her friend clear out her garage by sorting and purging items so that she could finally park her in there after five years of living in the house, she suggested Lisa look into starting her own organizing business. Leave it to Lisa was born in 2009.
Lisa and her team support and mentor their clients as they work through their clutter which can be emotionally challenging for some people. They combine best practice tools and methods with a passion to create the right system for each client who may be limited by time and/or may not have the organizing gene. With patience, empathy and positive attitude, they educate and empower clients to make the tough choices needed to change their lives both externally and internally. Through various roles in her career Lisa has celebrated her true gifts: speaking, teaching, motivating, listening and assisting in diminishing the blocks, struggles and challenges from the lives of people she meets.