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A comprehensive, upbeat guide to help you survive the moving process from start to finish, filled with fresh strategies and checklists for timing and supplies, choosing which items to toss and which to keep, determining the best place to live, saying farewell and looking forward to hello. Moving is a major life change—time consuming, expensive, often overwhelming, and somet A comprehensive, upbeat guide to help you survive the moving process from start to finish, filled with fresh strategies and checklists for timing and supplies, choosing which items to toss and which to keep, determining the best place to live, saying farewell and looking forward to hello. Moving is a major life change—time consuming, expensive, often overwhelming, and sometimes scary. But it doesn’t have to be! Instead of looking at it as a burdensome chore, consider it a new adventure. Ali Wenzke and her husband moved ten times in eleven years, living in seven states across the U.S. She created her popular blog, The Art of Happy Moving, to help others build a happier life before, during, and after a move. Infused with her infectious optimistic spirit, The Art of Happy Moving builds on her blog, offering step-by-step guidance, much-needed comfort, practical information, and welcome advice on every step of the process, including: How to stage your home for prospective buyers How to choose your next neighborhood How to discard your belongings and organize your packing How to say goodbye to your friends How to make the transition easier for your kids How to decorate your new home How to build a new community And so much more. Ali shares invaluable personal anecdotes from her many moves, and packs each chapter with a wealth of information and ingenious tips (Did you know that if you have an extra-large welcome mat at the entrance of your home, it’s more likely to sell?). Ali also includes checklists for packing and staging, and agendas for the big moving day. Whether you’re a relocating professional, newly married, a family with kids and pets, or a retiree looking to downsize, The Art of Happy Moving will help you discover ways to help make your transition an easier one—and be even happier than you were before.


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A comprehensive, upbeat guide to help you survive the moving process from start to finish, filled with fresh strategies and checklists for timing and supplies, choosing which items to toss and which to keep, determining the best place to live, saying farewell and looking forward to hello. Moving is a major life change—time consuming, expensive, often overwhelming, and somet A comprehensive, upbeat guide to help you survive the moving process from start to finish, filled with fresh strategies and checklists for timing and supplies, choosing which items to toss and which to keep, determining the best place to live, saying farewell and looking forward to hello. Moving is a major life change—time consuming, expensive, often overwhelming, and sometimes scary. But it doesn’t have to be! Instead of looking at it as a burdensome chore, consider it a new adventure. Ali Wenzke and her husband moved ten times in eleven years, living in seven states across the U.S. She created her popular blog, The Art of Happy Moving, to help others build a happier life before, during, and after a move. Infused with her infectious optimistic spirit, The Art of Happy Moving builds on her blog, offering step-by-step guidance, much-needed comfort, practical information, and welcome advice on every step of the process, including: How to stage your home for prospective buyers How to choose your next neighborhood How to discard your belongings and organize your packing How to say goodbye to your friends How to make the transition easier for your kids How to decorate your new home How to build a new community And so much more. Ali shares invaluable personal anecdotes from her many moves, and packs each chapter with a wealth of information and ingenious tips (Did you know that if you have an extra-large welcome mat at the entrance of your home, it’s more likely to sell?). Ali also includes checklists for packing and staging, and agendas for the big moving day. Whether you’re a relocating professional, newly married, a family with kids and pets, or a retiree looking to downsize, The Art of Happy Moving will help you discover ways to help make your transition an easier one—and be even happier than you were before.

30 review for The Art of Happy Moving: How to Declutter, Pack, and Start Over While Maintaining Your Sanity and Finding Happiness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

    "The average American moves 11.7 times in a lifetime..." As a military brat, I've moved a lot more than this and sometimes several times in a single year. And Ali is right, every time you move can be an opportunity to start all over again... and thank goodness for that. I remember one time as a kid that I didn't even care if I made friends since I knew I'd just be moving again soon. On top of all of this, except for moving from apartment to apartment at an obnoxious rate within the same city for "The average American moves 11.7 times in a lifetime..." As a military brat, I've moved a lot more than this and sometimes several times in a single year. And Ali is right, every time you move can be an opportunity to start all over again... and thank goodness for that. I remember one time as a kid that I didn't even care if I made friends since I knew I'd just be moving again soon. On top of all of this, except for moving from apartment to apartment at an obnoxious rate within the same city for years, moving to NYC was the first (and only) move I've done on my own. I did not make a Pros and Cons list, I didn't research the city properly. I just knew I wanted to be in a bustling city that was extremely diverse, so once I secured a job, I was OUT. I truly wish I had a book like this or advice from Ali before I had made any moves. **disclaimer - I have absolutely no regrets moving here but it would've probably been better to have done it more responsibly. 😉 I'm not sure about the starting to declutter with your books *ahem* haha, but the advice Ali gives is fantastic and the best part is that this book is actually fun to read. Most self-help or informational books are a bit of a bore for me. I will absolutely be utilizing this in the future because I know I still have many moves ahead of me. There are plenty of checklists that help. Ali's experiences with moving a ton herself definitely shows throughout this book. Honestly, if you're moving and need some direction on how to keep yourself organized, I highly recommend this book. If you move a lot and think you have it all down... well, I suggest you maybe take a look at this anyways as you may find some tidbits you didn't know before. Also, there's a great blueberry muffin recipe in here I'm definitely going to try! Thank you William Morrow for this copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    In The Art of Happy Moving, Wenzke says that every time you move can be an opportunity to start all over again... I say hallelujah to that, because who doesn’t love a fresh start? ⁣

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    Loved reading Wenzke's book, not just about moving but about choosing a happy path in life and making that life a reality. Wenzke's book offers tons of practical advice on moving but it also reminds you to be gentle with yourself, thoughtful with your decisions, and most importantly to laugh along the way! Wenzke's happy-go-lucky voice cheers you on throughout the pages, reminds you of all the little things you don't want to forget, and makes you feel like you have a friend even when you may fee Loved reading Wenzke's book, not just about moving but about choosing a happy path in life and making that life a reality. Wenzke's book offers tons of practical advice on moving but it also reminds you to be gentle with yourself, thoughtful with your decisions, and most importantly to laugh along the way! Wenzke's happy-go-lucky voice cheers you on throughout the pages, reminds you of all the little things you don't want to forget, and makes you feel like you have a friend even when you may feel like moving is a lonely process.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Good book, somewhat helpful for me. It focuses a lot on faraway moves, so a big chunk of the book did not really apply to me, as I am moving within the same city. But I found the moving with kids section helpful, as well as the moving checklists. Please note that it is USA centric, so if you live elsewhere some of the information may be different. Overall, this provides a good set of guidelines and a lot of commonsense if you are already an organized person.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Herr

    Helpful guide for moving that includes more than just the standard moving checklist. 👍

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This is The Best book I’ve read this year (it’s number 40ish) I’m a book lover and this book is BEAUTIFUL, funny and super helpful. I listened to it first, and the narrator is a gem. Super energetic and positive and drew me in. The checklists are thorough and fantastic for someone feeling super overwhelmed with the idea of a move after living in the same place for over 10 years and with 2 elementary age children (who LOVE all the things. Everything sparks joy for them). I find Ali to have amazin This is The Best book I’ve read this year (it’s number 40ish) I’m a book lover and this book is BEAUTIFUL, funny and super helpful. I listened to it first, and the narrator is a gem. Super energetic and positive and drew me in. The checklists are thorough and fantastic for someone feeling super overwhelmed with the idea of a move after living in the same place for over 10 years and with 2 elementary age children (who LOVE all the things. Everything sparks joy for them). I find Ali to have amazing ideas that are very manageable (like, why didn’t I think to do that??) After I finished the audio, I went on social media to stalk her pages and ordered my own hard copy for reference. It arrived today and exceeded my expectations (which were high). I couldn’t know about the amazing diagrams and charts and fun patterned pages from the audiobook. I feel like this is a great book for anyone considering a move but also for people who are evaluating their lives and who they are and what they want out of life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Natalie S

    Well written and organized, as well as humorous and fun. Definitly makes the idea of moving less stressful.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Annika Larson

    Full of really good advice

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Have a move in your future? If you can wait until May 7, pick up a copy of Ali Wenzke's helpful book which should make the tasks less stressful when it comes time to start the process. With a light tone and humor, the author advises on just about all aspects of moving a household. Some of the topics include evaluating the new area, selling your house, decluttering and determining what is to be moved (Ali's ploy to help weed out their toys is brilliant), helping children with the move, how to orc Have a move in your future? If you can wait until May 7, pick up a copy of Ali Wenzke's helpful book which should make the tasks less stressful when it comes time to start the process. With a light tone and humor, the author advises on just about all aspects of moving a household. Some of the topics include evaluating the new area, selling your house, decluttering and determining what is to be moved (Ali's ploy to help weed out their toys is brilliant), helping children with the move, how to orchestrate the actual move, and adjusting to the new location and neighborhood. Whether you plan on moving just once in your life (like me) or 10 times in 11 years (like the author has experienced), this is a beneficial book to keep on your shelf even after the move. Thanks to the publisher (HarperCollins) for the advance reading copy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Gabriel

    I wasn't expecting it, but I felt so connected while reading this book. The narrator's voice is light, relatable, and funny at times, which pulled me right in. Then, of course, it's filled with recommendations, how to's, and check lists- everything you need but might not think of when it comes to moving and decluttering. I have always hated moving and get easily overwhelmed by decluttering, but this book helps both seem manageable.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy Jayasuriya

    It was super informative and had some out of the box tips and ideas I hadn't thought of. It was thorough. I laughed when I read 'beware, they will ask for a puppy'...but no. lie. They asked for a dog in the exact conversation. I couldn't believe it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa McGowan

    This is a good book for a younger than me reader who is moving for the first time or moving to another city.

  13. 5 out of 5

    E. Mellyberry

    I didn't move a lot when I was young, definitely not as many as Ali did, but I can relate to the stress and the cost of moving. I didn't make any list when I moved (wish I did). I didn't have the positive and merry atitude before, during, and after the move (nobody taught me. Where were you, Ali, when I needed you the most?😂). This book talked about all that, and since Ali wrote it from her own personal experiences, her advice came out warm and genuine. Seriously, it's like having your BFF whispe I didn't move a lot when I was young, definitely not as many as Ali did, but I can relate to the stress and the cost of moving. I didn't make any list when I moved (wish I did). I didn't have the positive and merry atitude before, during, and after the move (nobody taught me. Where were you, Ali, when I needed you the most?😂). This book talked about all that, and since Ali wrote it from her own personal experiences, her advice came out warm and genuine. Seriously, it's like having your BFF whisper to you all the good advice when you read the book. Total fun!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kara LeNoir

    Despite the fact that this book is about moving-one of the worst things to do-this book was a delight to read! It was very engaging; I felt like I was having a conversation with the author herself! I also appreciated the step by step breakdown of how to organize a move, and I plan to utilize her checklists in the months ahead as we prepare for our move. Highly recommend this book for anyone moving or thinking about moving!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Morven

    Excellent book on those considering a move. You're probably thinking "Why do I need a book?" You don't, but it'll be a lot easier and a lot less stressful if you read hers. Good resource for those thinking of moving, especially if you're moving a house and family. Covers a little bit of everything, even for apartment dwellers. Recommended.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Costopoulos Circolone

    Love this book! The Art of Happy Moving was a joy to read. Ali Wenzke is the Marie Kondo of moving. It’s filled with amusing stories from an experienced mover, helpful tips and fun quizzes. Next time I move, I will be much more prepared. Makes a great gift for anyone considering a move.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    A subject close to my heart... I thought the tips on how to think about if a move makes sense for you and your family were good. And tips for meeting people and making your new town a home were also good. Lots of quizzes if you love a quiz!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Beider

    I picked up this book while traveling to a town in another state that my husband and I were considering moving to. I am SOOO glad that I did - I learned a ton right away: everything from choosing the city (hint: rent first!) and all about not falling in love with the house, but with the deal (we were about to make a HUGE mistake). This book saved us years of overpaying for something that wasn't a sure path to happiness. It probably saved our marriage. THANK YOU ALI!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    A very aesthetically pleasing little book with new and well known tips on moving. Some of my favorite chapters were: get rid of everything you own, where can you make new friends?, and embracing your town.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    I recommend The Art of Happy Moving for anybody who is moving or thinking of moving. Moving is stressful, and most books and articles about moving are so dry, but Wenzke’s warmth and humor made this enjoyable to read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sailor

    I appreciated how much ground this book actually covered. A nice and comforting read before or during a move

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Great tips for moving and/or decluttering.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    So many good hints! Made copies of many of the pages/checklists. Feel like I'm on time with my move.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andjelka Jankovic

    Really practical, personal and light reading guide to moving. I totally agree that however long you think that packing and selling your life will take — add 50% more time.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    The book itself is a weird size and shape and some of the pages are physically difficult to read because of the text. However, it does a great job of looking at moving from dreaming through making new friends in your new home. Great blend of practical action and thoughtful planning.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Degroot

    This helped me feel less stressed about my move. And gave me some great tips I cant wait to try out to make Albuquerque my new home.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sara Powers

    Definitky buying before our next move to prepare. Great tips!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Parts of this book were really helpful to me...particularly picturing what I really need and want in my next home.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    This was really a great read. I felt better about how we handled our two moves in the last year and gained some great tips on how to make our new house into feeling like our home.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Miss B. Haven Books

    I expected more about logistics of packing for a move.

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