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Ask Moving Expert Ali Wenzke

by Ali Wenzke

The Art of Happy Moving_Ali Wenzke

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Ali Wenzke is a moving expert and author of The Art of Happy Moving: How to Declutter, Pack, and Start Over While Maintaining Your Sanity and Finding Happiness (William Morrow, 2019). Ali’s moving advice has been featured on TV, radio, and podcasts as well as in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Today.com, Real Simple, Fast CompanyParents magazine, NPR and many more. Ali Wenzke is a Real Estate Broker with Compass in Winnetka, IL, on Chicago’s North Shore. Known as the “Marie Kondo of moving“, Ali loves decluttering, connecting people with their dream homes, and volunteering in her community.

Ali was born and raised in Miami, FL, in a bilingual household. Then, after graduating from Harvard College, Ali and her husband, Dan, moved around the country to pursue their education and careers. Their first move took them from Cambridge, MA, to Bethesda, MD, followed by moves to Columbus, OH; Palo Alto, CA; Chicago, IL; Knoxville, TN, and ending in the Chicago suburbs. They made a few local moves as well.

After Ali graduated from Stanford Law School, she turned down a corporate law opportunity in Chicago.  She didn’t think the big firm life would be the path to happiness for her. Instead, Ali chose the chaotic life of a stay-at-home mom and the family of five lived on a medical resident’s salary. Ali and Dan stuck to a strict moving budget and learned how to make every dollar count. Despite their many moves, the family created a happy household filled with laughter, books, schedules, moving boxes, and friends throughout the country.

In Ali’s spare time, Ali gravitates towards Lake Michigan for a beach run, plays guitar while her kids sing along, and reads on the porch. When she’s not jogging or reading, Ali likes to help others and bring the community together. Some of Ali’s favorite places to volunteer are Bernie’s Book Bank, Feed My Starving Children, and The Kindness Connection. A huge fan of the non-profit Move for Hunger, Ali helps put together food drives whenever she can with Move for Hunger. With the help of U-Haul and PODS, Ali also created the Quarantine Donation Program during the COVID-19 pandemic to help Humble Design and Chicago Furniture Bank, two non-profit organizations that assist people exiting homelessness.


Ali Wenzke is available for collaboration on the following projects:

  • Ambassadorships
  • Sponsored blog posts and social posts
  • Author events and meet & greets
  • Photo and video shoots
  • Other projects that will help tell your story to my engaged audience

Rates vary depending on scope of work, usage, and exclusivity, but please reach out to me with all budget levels. I would love to learn more about your objectives and figure out ways we can work together with your budget. Contact me at ali@artofhappymoving.com.

Ali is also a Real Estate Broker with Compass in Winnetka, IL, and she can help you buy or sell your home. There may be some decluttering involved.

Photo credit: Scott Edwards/EFG Image


For media requests, please contact Bianca Flores, Associate Publicist, at bianca.flores@harpercollins.com.

If you are a brand and would like to collaborate, please email Ali Wenzke at ali@artofhappymoving.com.

If you would like help in buying or selling your home, please email Ali Wenzke at ali.wenzke@compass.com. Ali is a Real Estate Broker for Compass in Winnetka, IL, on Chicago’s North Shore, but she can help you find a real estate agent no matter where you live.