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The Art of Happy Moving

How to Declutter, Pack, and Start Over While Maintaining Your Sanity and Finding Happiness

Ali Wenzke


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (5/6/2019)
Paperback (2/15/2023)


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.

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

“Anyone who’s moved 10 times in 11 years deserves applause—and, in Wenzke’s case, congratulations. 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.” — Booklist (starred review)

“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. ” — PureWow

“If anyone knows moving tips for lower-stress transitions, it’s her, and her comprehensive guide to managing the moving process includes everything from moving tips and checklists to suggestions for making friends in new cities.”   — Real Simple

“Wenke lays out her own method for tackling the big pre-move decluttering, KonMari-style. Whether you’re making your own move this summer, or are just looking to revitalize the home you’re already in, these tips will help you feel lighter and more organized in no time.”  — Bustle

“Whether you are preparing for your first move or your tenth, whether you are moving across the country or down the street, The Art of Happy Moving will make all impossible moving-related tasks seem possible.”  — BookTrib

William Morrow, 9780062869739, 288pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

About the Author

Ali Wenzke and her husband moved ten times in eleven years, living in seven states across the U.S. Now, she helps the millions of people who move each year by providing practical tips on how to build a happier life before, during and after the move on her blog The Art of Happy Moving. Ali is happily settled in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and three children. She doesn’t plan on moving any time soon. THE ART OF HAPPY MOVING is her first book.