My family and I moved an awful lot as a kid. My father was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and as his career progressed and moved along, so did we. From small First Nations communities all the way up to large cities. As a family, we got good at every aspect of moving. We bought and sold so many properties that to me, real estate feels natural.
I’ve been working with a lot of out-of-state buyers lately. I feel like I can relate to them so well – from their initial decision to make the move, to the million little steps involved in getting here, and to life beyond the close of their new home. Watching people make this dream come true is the best part of my job.
So when I stumbled on an NPR Podcast that featured the book, The Art of Happy Moving by Ali Wenzke, I immediately bought a copy. After a good read, I definitely recommend this book to anyone considering a move. Beyond the mechanics, this book contains outstanding advice on helping kids navigate a move, managing pets, making new friends, and bringing your life’s goals into focus.
Even though I’m not planning a move (yet), I am using her tips to declutter and rework my current spaces, and to plan for the amazing opportunity for a post-pandemic reset. Wenzke’s Happily Ever After Checklist is a great reminder of what’s important in life and for me, it reinforces why I chose and continue to choose to live here in Homer.
If you’re planning a move (to Alaska or otherwise), this book is definitely worth the time.
The Art of Happy Moving
how to declutter, pack, and start over while maintaining your sanity and finding your happiness
by Ali Wenzke