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“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.”
— Barbara Jacobs, Booklist Starred Review
“If You Can’t Get Enough of Marie Kondo”
Ali Wenzke writes from experience, having moved ten times in 11 years in seven different states (preach, girl). The author takes you through every stage of moving—before, during and after—with practical step-by-step tips as well as a much welcomed positive attitude to get you through the trenches. And don’t worry pet owners, there’s a whole chapter for you, too.
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“In addition to divulging insights about your belongings, the author also has helpful information on the practical and emotional aspects of a big move, including tips on selling and buying a house, evaluating a new location, and how to adapt once you have relocated. I thought her ploy to help children weed out their toys was brilliant.”
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 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.