The art of happy moving How to declutter, pack, and start over while maintaining your sanity and finding happiness

Ali Wenzke

Book - 2019

In this book based on her popular blog, The art of happy moving, moving pro Ali Wenzke delivers a comprehensive, step-by-step resource for every phase of the moving process. Ali shares invaluable 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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New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins [2019]
Main Author
Ali Wenzke (author)
Other Authors
Lise Sukhu (illustrator)
First edition
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xiv, 271 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm
  • Is moving the right call for you?: life check
  • How to evaluate a city before moving there
  • Common mistakes made by first-time home buyers
  • How to sell your house without killing anyone first
  • The secret to happy moving: get rid of everything you own
  • Building your child's resilience
  • she'll thank you later
  • "Just tell me what to do!"
  • Happy moving with your pet
  • Your moving bucket list: goodbye, old home, and hello, road trip!
  • Moving day survival tips
  • What makes your home happy?
  • Creating a happy home with special nooks and places to entertain friends
  • Breaking old habits and forming new good ones
  • Where can you meet new friends?
  • Body language and small talk: tips for attracting new friends
  • Helping your kid make new friends
  • Embracing your town
  • The happily ever after checklist
  • You've got this.
Review by Booklist Review

Anyone who's moved 10 times in 11 years deserves applause and, in Wenzke's case, congratulations. because her concept of happy moving, admittedly an oxymoron on the surface, will feel attainable for readers who go through the exercises, checklists, quizzes, and just generally great emotional, physical, and mental tips she shares here. The book starts with, appropriately enough, the idea that movers must change their mindsets, and ends by advising a focus on building community in new spaces. Wenzke gears much of the content to families with kids (and pets), but singles and kid-free couples will find a great deal of useful information here, too. There's a sample itinerary for assessing a city before moving. A less-onerous-than-Marie Kondo method guide to decluttering. Messaging to help children cope and thrive. Even pet guidance, from scheduling a spa day to sticking to tried-and-true routines. In all actuality, this is a mini-guide to enjoying life. Who could argue with a happily-ever-after checklist? Appended with a moving checklist, moving resolutions, questions to ask before hiring a mover or realtor, moving-day survival kit, donation value guide, and dream-home wish list.--Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2019 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.