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

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  492 ratings  ·  98 reviews
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
ebook, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by William Morrow
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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 ...more
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ellen Read
Recommended to paulinereidbookreviewer by: Ali Wenzke
Shelves: self-help
I won this audiobook as a giveaway the author provided. Unfortunately it's taken me two years to get to this one, due to blowing off some dust bunnies in the shed and cranking up the old faithful CD machine.
Although this is an audiobook, Ali does talk about diagrams and such like that you can physically do in the paperback version.
On average in America you move 11 or 12 times ... that's quite a number of times. Ali suggests and gives her expertise help on something that you would think is easy
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? ⁣
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Kimberly Gabriel
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, self-help
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.
Natalie Herr
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Helpful guide for moving that includes more than just the standard moving checklist. 👍
E. Mellyberry
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book
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
Amy Jayasuriya
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Natalie S
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well written and organized, as well as humorous and fun. Definitly makes the idea of moving less stressful.
Annika Larson
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full of really good advice
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Moving is a universally dreaded endeavor that most people will have to experience at some point in their lives. Luckily, blogger Ali Wenzke is familiar with the ups and downs associated with moving and has adapted her blog posts into a guidebook, The Art of Happy Moving (William Morrow).

Having moved ten times in eleven years with her husband and three children, Wenzke has experienced it all. She first takes readers step by step through the process of moving from one place to another with ease. S
Ramona Mead
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't plan on moving any time soon (thank goodness), but I will keep this book on hand for when I do, even if it's many years from now. Ali calls on her experiences moving 10 times in 13 years, to guide readers in a clear straightforward way through the entire moving process. Her writing style is casual and honest: She knows moving sucks! She's also positive, funny, and realistic. This isn't only about your move, it's about all aspects of your life, and your family.

The book is packed full of
Laura Beth
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Only a part of this book is relevant to me right now, as we've already bought the house, moved only a mile away from our apartment we were in before we bought a house, and don't have kids. But the parts about setting up your new home are very relevant and some of the tips are really great. I've moved a number of times in my life, but this is the most mindful I've ever been moving, and this book aligns with that. I also definitely see some of the parts that aren't relevant to me right now being v ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not going to be as helpful on the tedium of 'how and what to pack', but Wenzke goes into things that others ignore, like talking to your children about moving and weaving yourself into your community once you arrive in your new location. More for long distance moves than in the same city as well, but still worth a look. The checklists and guides at the back are also worth it!
Courtney Noble
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Delightful and informative! The author breaks down a daunting topic and makes it approachable, providing tools and tips to a get it done right. The perfect gift for anyone contemplating a move!
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of The Little Book of Hygge, light readers
Recommended to Auroch by: the library
4.0/5 A light and quick read, 'The Art of Happy Moving' breaks what may feel like gargantuan tasks into digestible pieces. From advice on how to plan packing your things time-wise to detailed check lists, there's a lot of useful information if you're thinking about or planning a move. There's even a section on ideas you can use to decorate or make the most of a new space. I also liked the emphasis on how to transition emotionally to a new place, such as using the move to explore new hobbies, loc ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up because I was searching the decluttering subject heading at my local library and it would have been SO helpful to have read this 2 years ago when I did a cross country move - making new friends is hard ya'll.

Anyway, I loved that Wenzke covers the gamut here from buying/selling houses, packing and moving, setting up a new space, getting the kids on board, so much helpful social interaction tips (seriously, I need someone to break down human behavior for me cause I still suck at i
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book would make a wonderful gift for any couple or individual who is planning on moving in the near future or a great purchase for yourself if you have a move coming up. It has practical advice on how to do everything from looking for the ideal city to packing to making arrangements for your pets on the day of a move. Ali talks with an honesty that is refreshing and you feel like she is your friend talking to you through the pages. Easy to read in one or two sittings if you are in a hurry b ...more
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
The Art of Happy Moving was a happy accident of a find for me. I picked it up as we’re looking at a potential move soon and I wanted to make our next move more positive than our last. Then, I get a few pages in to the book and realize it’s a book written in response to the authors own move to Knoxville which was my last stressful move. I even wrote Ali to thank her for helping me not feel so crazy about my stresses regarding life in Knoxville and she replied. We’ve moved a number of times and no ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Insightful, inspiring, and seriously funny! This book is a must read to anyone contemplating a move. It’s full of tips and useful ideas about what to do and what to avoid — from staging home, classifying priorities, talking to children, preparing pets etc... all offered in a positive, upbeat, even hilarious format to alleviate the stress associated with moving, packing, and transitioning in general. This book is delightful.
Kara LeNoir
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Rachel Beider
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!! ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Definitely worth reading. Wish I had read when we moved when I was in middle school. I have no plans to move, but this book contains a lot of practical information about being social. Even for a 50+ year old.

The audiobook is very well done; a bit less than 5 hours and worth the time.

Wow. Authors first book. Nicely done! I think with her insight to social cues, she could do a great novel.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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.

Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is great for anyone who's looking to make a major move easier. And for anyone who finds "self-help" books to be preachy and/or common sense. Ali does a good job of laying out a timeline, setting goals, accomplishing those goals, and making time for ice cream along the way. ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you plan on moving and have kids, or your selling your house, buy a copy. If your move is more low key, get a copy from the library. Sure, you can get most of this information online, but having it on hand will help with checklists and things you might forget until the last minute.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've moved houses several times in my life. The advice in this book is solid. It helps you think about all stages of moving from preparing your current home for sale through finding your perfect new house, to packing to move and making a positive move to your new location ...more
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Ali Wenzke is the creator of the blog The Art of Happy Moving. After a decade of numerous moves, she is now happily settled in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, three children, and a secret stash of chocolate chip cookies. She doesn't plan on moving any time soon. THE ART OF HAPPY MOVING is her first book. ...more

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