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Thursday, May 16, 2019

REVIEW: The Art of Happy Moving by Ali Wenzke @wmmorrowbooks @aliwenzke

The Art of Happy Moving 
by Ali Wenzke

Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: May 7, 2019
262 Pages
Genre: Nonfiction

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.
My Review:

"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 years, moving to NYC was the first (and only) move I've done on my own.  I did not make a Pros and Cons list, I didn't research the city properly.  I just knew I wanted to be in a bustling city that was extremely diverse, so once I secured a job, I was OUT.  I truly wish I had a book like this or advice from Ali before I had made any moves.  **disclaimer - I have absolutely no regrets moving here but it would've probably been better to have done it more responsibly. 😉

I'm not sure about the starting to declutter with your books *ahem* haha, but the advice Ali gives is fantastic and the best part is that this book is actually fun to read.  Most self-help or informational books are a bit of a bore for me.  I will absolutely be utilizing this in the future because I know I still have many moves ahead of me.  There are plenty of checklists that help.  Ali's experiences with moving a ton herself definitely shows throughout this book.  Honestly, if you're moving and need some direction on how to keep yourself organized, I highly recommend this book.  If you move a lot and think you have it all down... well, I suggest you maybe take a look at this anyways as you may find some tidbits you didn't know before. Also, there's a great blueberry muffin recipe in here I'm definitely going to try!


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