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The art of happy moving : how to declutter, pack and start over while maintaining your sanity and finding happiness
2019
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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.

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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. The book starts with, appropriately enough, the idea that movers must change their mindsets, and ends by advising a focus on building community in new spaces. Wenzke gears much of the content to families with kids (and pets), but singles and kid-free couples will find a great deal of useful information here, too. There's a sample itinerary for assessing a city before moving. A less-onerous-than-Marie Kondo method guide to decluttering. Messaging to help children cope and thrive. Even pet guidance, from scheduling a spa day to sticking to tried-and-true routines. In all actuality, this is a mini-guide to enjoying life. Who could argue with a happily-ever-after checklist? Appended with a moving checklist, moving resolutions, questions to ask before hiring a mover or realtor, moving-day survival kit, donation value guide, and dream-home wish list.--Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2019 Booklist
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