Knowing When To Sell, Throw Away, Or Give Away During Your Move

As you are getting ready to move, you likely have numerous things on your mind. You have contracts to sign, a brand new home to paint, and a whole lot of stuff that needs to be moved. Some people hate to move simply because they have too much to take with them. The question is, though, do you really want – or need – to take everything with you? Could you stand to get rid of a few items that would make this move a bit easier? When it comes to selling, throwing things away, or giving them away, there are a few key things to consider.



A garage sale is not an easy process. You will have to move all of your belongings into organized piles in the hopes that people will want to buy your once prized possessions. You will need to hang clothing, organize books, and dust off furniture that’s been tucked away. Is it worth it? Consider these tips when deciding if you should host a garage sale and how to make it work:

  1. Do you have items that collectors actually want? If so, you can pull in buyers by advertising online and in local newspapers about your garage sale by using your local classifieds to start. If you only have random items, you might be less likely to draw in hardcore collectors.
  2. Do you have children’s items? One of the biggest draws for garage sales are mothers and fathers looking for inexpensive children’s toys and clothing. If you have kids’ furniture in good condition, selling it may be a good option and an excellent way to raise funds.
  3. Do you have a few hours to dedicate to the process? Organizing a successful garage sale may take a significant amount of time in the week before the event.

If you have a few pieces to sell that are in high demand, you may consider selling these items on websites like eBay and Craigslist. While posting your stuff to these sites takes some time on the front end, you’ll end up minimizing the amount of time you have to commit to the selling process – and will probably end up targeting more potential buyers. A good rule of thumb for online selling: be as detailed as you possibly can and always take pictures.


The next step is to look at what you own to determine if it is something that you can give away or if it is something you should throw away. If the item is something you do not want to take with you to the new home, and it is not worth selling, you should focus on giving or throwing it away.

  • If the item is old and has sentimental value, hold onto it or give it to someone who can appreciate it. Fay Wolf of Apartment Therapy came up with a unique way to give away sentimental but impractical pieces: if you know you won’t use something but don’t want to forget about it or its memories, take a picture of the item and keep the photo. Then give the piece to someone you know will take care of it (unless it’s valuable only for its sentiment).
  • Items that are stained, broken, or damaged to the point where they are no longer usable should be tossed out. You do not want to take items that are potentially riddled with dust and dander into your new home!
  • If you have not used the item (especially clothing, books, and papers) in more than a year, it is time to toss it. The fact is, it may be “good one day” but it will take up valuable space in your new home, and it does not presently provide you any real benefit. It may be time to toss it out.




During your move, if you ever find yourself in a position where you need to throw away the canned food in your pantry, DON’T! The best way to get rid of your unwanted food items is to get involved with a food bank or food drives that will accept your donations. Ace Moving & Storage participates in Move for Hunger, which is an organization that works with relocation companies to help fill the pantries of food banks across the United States. Any participating mover will pack up your food and deliver it to your local food bank. Minimize your inventory while helping families in need!

When you consider giving items away, be sure to focus on who might want them. Don’t try to saddle the kids, family members or neighbors with items they really don’t need or will just stash in a closet themselves. Instead, give unclaimed pieces to charities or recycling locations.

Most people accumulates a large amount of “stuff” throughout their lifetime. Sometimes, though, getting rid of items is a good thing. No matter if you sell items, give them away, or just toss them in the trash, one thing is clear: you’ll be starting over fresh in your new home if you do not bring it with you. And that’s truly worthwhile!

10 Must-Ask Questions You Should Ask Before You Choose an Oklahoma Moving Company

Moving is stressful. Help your stress level by doing a little legwork up front when choosing a moving company.

Every region is different, so it’s important to think about what you want and need out of a mover in your specific region or state. When it comes to handling your belongings, picking a moving company is not a decision to take lightly, and asking a few questions ahead of time can help ensure your move goes smoothly. Here are the questions we suggest asking your Oklahoma moving company.


You’re asking this question to find out if they’ve moved enough families to understand the value of your possessions, especially things that have a low monetary value but are priceless, like photos and child-made crafts. If they’ve been around a while, they will have gained experience with proven results in order to stay competitive. They’ll also have protocols to handle special items that are delicate or difficult to move.


Moving companies that provide state-to-state services in Oklahoma are required have a US Department of Transportation (DOT) number, which is a license issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). You can check online to see if their license is valid.


Basic liability protection doesn’t cover much. You need to find out if your company can offer you full value protection for an extra fee. Keep in mind that often basic liability is based on weight rather than actual value. You can choose to insure your things based on their cost instead of their weight.


Moving is stressful even before you think about someone else handling your possessions. Make sure your moving company cares about your security by requiring background checks on all employees who may handle your belongings.


If your belongings will need to be stored for any amount of time, you want to make sure they’ll be in a safe place. Don’t forget to ask how much storage will affect your price.


Some movers may enlist a third party to assist with your move once you arrive at your new home. Find out who that company will be and do research on them as well. Ace Moving & Storage is an interstate agent of Atlas, one of the nation’s largest carriers of household goods and special products.


You’ll get a better idea of a mover’s reputation based on reviews and case studies. No one will give a good review to a company that broke their grandmother’s Tiffany lamp.


Find out if they supply anything you may need to assist with your move. Ask what things are included (like boxes and hand trucks) and what you may need to pay for separately. Ask about fuel and mileage surcharges, if applicable. Compile some follow-up questions so you’re not blindsided by the total cost of your move.


Tinker Air Force Base, Altus Air Force Base and Fort Sill are just a few of the military bases in Oklahoma. If your move is military-related, you should ask Oklahoma moving companies if they have experience with Do-it-Yourself (DITY) moves, which are designed to provide military members an alternative to move their household on their own.

A follow-up question to ask is if they are an approved participant in the General Services Administration (GSA)’s Centralized Household Goods Traffic Management Program (CHAMP).


Oklahoma weather is unpredictable and road conditions can change rapidly. You’ll want to make sure your mover has high quality vehicles equipped to handle Oklahoma weather.

A reputable moving company won’t take offense to any of these questions. They’ll be expecting them and will be ready to give you answers. If you encounter a company that doesn’t seem helpful or want to answer these important questions, you may take their attitude as a sign to move on.

At Ace Moving & Storage we work hard to make sure your transition is as seamless as possible and we want you to feel comfortable with your movers. Contact us today to get a free moving quote.

Moving Guide: Should You Sell, Donate, Or Toss Your Items?

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Are you getting ready to move to a new home? Packing can be overwhelming, but a little planning can ease your nerves. Before you begin to pack every item in sight, take advantage of your move and spend a few days finding opportunities to downsize and declutter.

Declutter Before Packing

As you go through your home, you may feel overwhelmed with the amount of clothes, toys, and appliances there is to sort through. To ease the stress of the packing, create attainable goals and a game plan.

Go one room at a time. Set aside boxes and label them either: Keep, Sell, Donate, or Throw Away. Try to finish packing one room before moving onto the next one. Once you have items organized into the right category, it’s time to act! Donate gently used items or sell them through a garage sale, and throw away or recycle any unusable items appropriately.

Are you having trouble deciding what you should keep or give away? Follow these guidelines to streamline your moving process.

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Moving Supplies in Oklahoma

When you’re preparing to move to a new home, you have a lot of things on your to-do list: notifying utility providers, sharing your new address with family and friends, notifying your insurance agent, and getting your furniture and other belongings to your new home.

While you probably used any old boxes you could find when you first moved out of your parents’ house, as an adult, you owe it to yourself to pack your things more carefully now for the move. After all, you’ve worked hard to accumulate your possessions, and you want them to last as long as possible. Here’s the lowdown on various types of moving supplies:


These tall boxes come with a hanger bar and are designed to allow you to simply transfer the contents of your closet on their hangers! No more having to fold and pack, and then unfold and re-hang your dress shirts, suits or dresses.


Specifically designed to get your dishes and glassware from your old home to your new one without breaking them, these boxes are a must-have for any move. You no longer have to use newspaper to painstakingly wrap each plate or glass and hold your breath every time the moving truck goes over a bump in the road.


When moving mirrors or large framed pictures, you need to use extra caution. That’s where mirror sets come into play. Each of the four pieces fits on one corner of the mirror or framed picture or other artwork, providing you with some peace of mind for your fragile framed pieces.


You’ll also need an assortment of boxes in various sizes (small, medium or large) to help you pack and transport everything else, including bedding and towels, dresser drawer contents, books and home office contents, toiletries, cleaning materials, toys, and more. Packing items in appropriately sized boxes makes the heavy lifting easier and avoids packing blunders. For example, filling one large box with books might seem like a good idea, but efficiency doesn’t translate to effectiveness if no one can lift the heavy box.


When moving pieces of furniture such as tables, desks, bookshelves or dressers, you’ll want to protect the surfaces and corners of those items so they don’t become scratched, scuffed or otherwise damaged during the move. Paper pads function as blankets that you can place over those pieces of furniture so they will look just as good in your new home as they do in your current home.


Unless you’re packing up things like bedding or towels, your boxes will probably have some empty space. Packing paper comes in handy to fill in that empty space and protects your belongings from the jostling that can occur when boxes are moved and carried.


Don’t rely on gift tape to try to seal your moving boxes; you’ll need heavy-duty packing tape to make sure the flaps are sealed and stay sealed, throughout the move.


Don’t forget to label each box as you fill and seal it, so you will know exactly what is in each box and where it should go upon arrival at your new space.

Moving can be stressful, but knowing that your belongings are packed to get from point A to point B in one piece can help ease that stress. Purchase one of our packing starter kits to help you save money with your move. To learn more, contact Ace Atlas today. Call 405-672-4425 for Oklahoma City or 918-251-1111 for Tulsa.

Announce Your Move With ACE Change of Address Cards

Moving is an opportunity to be an explorer, even if the brave new world is a new neighborhood or the next town over. A move means a new space, new friends, and a fresh start.

Our downloadable, Oklahoma-centric change of address cards make it easy to announce to friends and family that you’ll be making a big move. Share the front card images via social media, or download the images, print them as postcards and send on through snail mail!

Make the most out of your moving adventure and contact ACE Moving and Storage to find out how we can ease the stress of moving.  Let life point you toward new places — let ACE plan how to you get there.

See printing and posting tips below the cards.


Buffalo Change of Address Card

Buffalo Change of Address Card

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Change of Address Card

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Oklahoma State Capitol Building Change of Address Card

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Oklahoma Sunset Change of Address Card

Oklahoma Sunset Change of Card

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Professional printing services (Recommended)

  • Right click and save the front and back side postcard images of your choice. Save the images to either to a flash drive or folder. Bring the images with you to a printing service. The printing staff will work with you to format and to make sure you get both the front and back images properly lined when printed.  If using an online print service, be sure to preview cards before ordering. The dimensions of the cards are 4×6 standard US postcard size. Some online printing services’ postcard templates might be slightly larger than the ACE card dimensions. This may cause the image to lose resolution and be improperly formatted.  If possible, use custom dimensions that will suit the cards’ size.
  • If using an online print service, be sure to preview cards before ordering. The dimensions of the cards are 4×6 standard US postcard size. Some online printing services’ postcard templates might be slightly larger than the ACE card dimensions. This may cause the image to lose resolution and be improperly formatted.  If possible, use custom dimensions that will suit the cards’ size.

Email or social media

  • Right click and save the image in a picture or document folder on your desk. Then upload and share the image on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or wherever else you want to announce your move.
  • To send the image via email to your friends and family, simply attach or include the front side image on an email along with a message about your move and new address.

Print at home

  • If printing the images using a home printer, we recommend downloading and printing the front side images only, as standard postcards need to be printed on 0.007 inch and 0.016 inch thick paper to be mailable. Simply print, cut, and the write your new address on the back of the card image. Mail in a standard envelope.

Tulsa Change of Address Cards

Moving in Oklahoma? Our team at Ace Moving and Storage, LLC right here in Tulsa  ready to help you! A small but important item is a moving announcement. Here are a number of ideas to choose form with the beautiful lakes and rolling hills to the bustling neighborhoods of Tulsa.

Use these printable eastern Oklahoma postcards to let friends, family and businesses know you’ve moved.

You don’t want to spend time stressing about your move. You want more time making and exploring your new home. ACE can help you with that. Let our movers ease your worries and figure out the logistics for you.

Not in the Tulsa area? No worries, check out ACE’s other Okie-themed change of address cards.

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Card Back

Printing instructions

Professional printing services

Right-click and save the front and back postcard images of your choice. Save the images to either a flash drive or folder. Bring the images with you to a printing service. The printing staff will work with you on formatting and will make sure you get both the front and back images properly aligned when printed.

If using an online print service, be sure to preview your postcards before ordering. The dimensions of the cards are 4×6 standard US postcard size. Some online printing services’ postcard templates might be slightly larger than the ACE postcard dimensions. This may cause the image to lose resolution and be improperly formatted.  If possible, use custom dimensions that will suit the cards’ intended size.

Email or social media

Right-click and save the image in a picture or document folder on your desktop. Then, upload and share the image on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or wherever else you want to announce your move.

To send the image via email to your friends and family, simply attach or include the front side image on an email along with a message about your move and new address.


If printing the images using a home printer, we recommend downloading and printing the front side images only, as standard postcards need to be printed on 0.007-inch to 0.016-inch thick paper to be mailable. Simply print, cut, and then write your new address on the back of the card image. Mail in a standard envelope.

10 Ways To Make Your Life Easier During a Long-Distance Move

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If you’re preparing for a cross-country move, the excitement can be overshadowed by the moving logistics.

Don’t get overwhelmed by the scale of your move. With a little organization, you can move from point A to point B efficiently. Whether you’re leaving the Great Plains of Oklahoma for the golden West Coast or the bustle of the Northeast, these long-distance moving tips will help you and your belongings get there smoothly.

Consider Moving During the Off-Season

May through September is the most popular time for people to move. Off-season discounts, or at least pricing, may be available during downtimes in the fall, winter, and early spring. If possible, explore the possibility of moving when the roads are less crowded with fellow travelers.

Take Inventory of What You Need to Bring

Moving is a great excuse to de-clutter and simplify your life. While you want to take your favorite furniture, heirlooms, and kitchen essentials, you don’t need to keep dragging around old clothes and unwanted knickknacks.

Take time to decide what you want to take with you to your new house and what needs to be sold, donated, or thrown away. We recommend using the one-year rule.  If you haven’t used or worn something in the last year, it’s time to toss it. Any items or clothing in good condition can be sold or donated.

Have Quality Moving Supplies Ready to Go

Invest in sturdy moving supplies, especially if you plan to pack yourself. This means durable cardboard boxes that are easily stackable and come in a variety of sizes.

While it’s tempting to raid your local grocery store or other businesses for leftover boxes, it’s best to make an investment in professional packing supplies. Pre-used boxes that aren’t intended for packing heavy items could bottom out, be prone to further damage, or be hard to fit together once packed in a car or moving truck.

Decide Whether or Not to Hire Packers

If your moving budget allows for it, you can save an incredible amount of time and stress by hiring professional packers. They have the expertise to move fragile or special items with care. From kitchen appliances to paintings, they can help you with the logistics of getting everything organized.

Make a Packing Plan

Packing up an entire house takes time. The demands of daily life leave little spare time for moving prep. Instead of waiting until the very last minute to pack up, set designated packing days for certain rooms of your house.

If you choose to pack your belongings yourself, go room by room and start with the items you know you won’t need to access every day, like out-of-season clothing or décor. Then move on to bigger projects like your closet or the bulk of your children’s toys. Leave the essential items you need for your daily routine for last.

Pack a Suitcase to Keep with You

Have a suitcase of clothes, toiletries, and other basics ready to take with you as you travel to your new home. If you’re moving with small children, it’s a good idea to set aside a few of their favorite toys and activities from moving boxes. These can help keep them occupied on moving day.

Finalize Travel Plans

Long-distance moving can involve multiple days of traveling. Decide whether you’ll be flying or driving to your new home. If driving, determine if you need multiple cars and who will be driving. Determine what needs to be packed in each car. Also, map out directions and plan stops along the way.

If flying, buy your tickets well in advance of moving day. You’ll need to plan what will go in your luggage and how many bags in total you’ll need. It’s also great to have rides to and from the airport arranged beforehand.

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Make Moving Plans for Your Pets

Pets require special planning. If you’re driving, you’ll need to make sure your pet has enough food, water, and potty breaks planned. You also need to have any essential supplies with you and ready to go.

If flying, communicate with the airline on how to best travel with your pets. Chances are you’ll have to check the pet supplies you’ll need after landing or make plans to purchase supplies at a store once you’ve arrived at your new home.

Visit with your vet before you move to see if any special accommodations need to be arranged to keep your pets comfortable during the move.

Book Arrangements for Multi-day Moving

If you’re driving across country, you’ll want to have sleeping arrangements made, especially when you have over-night stops on your route. Choose hotels and pre-book rooms that can accommodate your family and allow you to have a good night’s rest before you hit the road again. Waiting until the last minute to book arrangements may prove disastrous if hotels are full for the night.

Give Yourself an Adjustment Period

You may be travel weary once you get to your new home. If you’re able to move at least a week before starting a new job or before your kids start school, do so.

A calm week to unpack and arrange your new home will allow you to settle.  Take a day to drive around town, find a grocery store, pharmacy, or gym. Drive by your new workplace or your children’s new school. If you have time, check out coffee shops or other unique features that will make your new town feel like home.

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Moving History: Moving Documents to the OKC Memorial Museum

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Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman

While most people associate professional movers with residential moves, at ACE, it’s only one part of what we do. Our moving projects lead our customers across the globe. We love helping others get to where they’re going – but it’s what we can do in our own community that fuels our passion.


On March 8, ACE Moving and Storage helped transfer important pieces of Oklahoma history to a secure space. Documents from the state trial of Terry Nichols, a co- conspirator in the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, moved from an Oklahoma County warehouse to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

A jury found Nichols guilty of aiding domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh, who detonated a bomb outside an Oklahoma City federal building on April 19, 1995. 168 people died from the explosion.

“These files will be maintained for historical purposes, for educational purposes and, maybe, to use to prevent a future act,” says Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater. Prater is a part of the decision to bring the documents to the museum.

The bombing is a tragic chapter in Oklahoma history. The Memorial Museum is a place that lets the Oklahoma community remember and honor the lives of those lost during the bombing.

ACE Atlas Movers move documents to the OKC Memorial
Photo by Doug Hoke, The Oklahoman


Our movers delivered 32 metal filing cabinets. The cabinets hold thousands of documents and evidence used in the case against Nichols during his state murder trial. Nichols’ federal trial occurred in 1997, while his state trial occurred in 2004 in McAlester, Oklahoma. Both trials resulted in life sentences for Nichols.

Those who brought Nichols to justice are glad to see the documents preserved.

“They are sacred files and this is sacred ground and they ought to be put together,” former state judge Stephan Taylor says. Taylor presided over Nichols’ state trial.

Related documents and materials from the bombing and trials are stored in a temperature controlled archive that is able to safely hold materials.

Maps, photos, and diagrams used by the prosecution team were also moved to the archive. Each document and item will be catalogued, inventoried, and incorporated into the museums.


Being able to contribute in a small way to a large cause is a humbling experience. The ACE family values the trust placed on our movers by the community. Big moves or small, we strive to provide expertise and care to every client. Contact us for a moving quote today.

Making the Most of Your Military Move to Oklahoma

Making the Most of Your Military Move to Oklahoma

The orders are in: looks like you’re heading for the great state of Oklahoma. Getting to know a new state and home can be difficult, but military personnel and their families know moving can be a rewarding experience.

While you settle the logistics of your move (check out this guide to reducing those relocation irritations), remember that a little research before moving can help make the most out of the transition.


The Sooner State is home to several military bases. Enid and Oklahoma City each host Air Force bases within their communities, while the Army is represented in Lawton and McAlester, Oklahoma.

Check your new base’s website and reach out to friends and neighbors who have been stationed there previously or who may know of someone who currently is there. Listen to their feedback about living in Oklahoma, but do some investigations of your own.

If you know you’ll living off-base or will be spending a lot of time away from it, it’s a good idea to read up on the neighboring city and the local school districts if you have school-aged children. Take some time to research the real estate and renting options if you’re planning to live off-base (here’s a cheat sheet of the best apartment and home finders in the state).


Each base has a variety of resources for the military families stationed there. Oklahoma City’s Tinker AFB’s Tinker Living provides a great round-up of base events, activities and resources. Fort Sill in Lawton offers children’s day camps, youth sports and craft fairs, among other events.  Your new base’s website can be a great resource to find activity listings.

If you’re the spouse of the military service member in your family, research the spouse’s club on your base to see what volunteer and social activities you can participate in. If you’re a workout junkie, join on-base gym group classes. With constant social events and meetings available, there will be plenty of chances for you to connect with others in your new base community.


Each area has its own unique feeling within the community. Oklahoma City is a bustling city on the rise, full of various districts including historic Bricktown and the growing Plaza District.  Enid, home to Vance AFB, is full of Chisolm Trail history and close-knit community vibes.  Both Altus and Fort Sill are an easy distance from several wildlife and hiking parks and major concert venue Winstar Casino.  Adventure Road and the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department are rich resources for all things fun across Oklahoma.

Sports fans will have more than just the OKC Thunder to make room for in their hearts, with local teams including the FC Energy and the minor-league Oklahoma Dodgers. Outdoor enthusiasts have hiking day trips in the Turner Falls Park or at the Wichita Mountains, as well as river watersports in the Boathouse District.  The Oklahoma City Museum of Art and The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History are just two of the many Blue Star Museums offering military days across the state.

This is just a sample of activities and attractions to keep you and your family busy in Oklahoma. With so much to do and see, you’ll be immersed in Oklahoma’s state culture in no time.


Bricktown Riverwalk

Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Wherever your new home is, ACE can help get you there.  A trusted military and DITY mover since 1971, ACE Moving & Storage provides those who serve with quality moving experiences.

Contact us today to make your military move an easier transition for you and your family.

How To Pack Your Fragile Bowls

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There’s no point in crying over a broken bowl–especially if you can avoid it breaking in the first place. Packing is stressful but throw in delicate items like fragile bowls and other dishes, and it can feel overwhelming.

Don’t fret when it’s time to pack up your dining room and china cabinets. Our tips for packing fragile dishes will help protect your treasured dining ware.

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How to Pack Fragile Bowls Step-by-Step

Step 1: Set up a workstation and fill the bottom of a dish pack with extra paper for cushion. Only use weight-rated dish pack cartons.

Step 2: Place bowl on top of several sheets of packing paper in the center of the top sheet.

Step 3: Gather several sheets of packing paper and pull one corner up and over the bowl so that entire bowl is covered.

Step 4: Stack a second bowl inside the first bowl (which should be covered by packing paper).

Step 5: Moving clockwise, fold the remaining corners across the second bowl.

Step 6: Continue to fold corners across middle until both bowls are wrapped on all sides.

Step 7: Turn entire bundle upside down and secure with packing tape. For non-fragile plates and bowls, you can pack five or six to a bundle.

Step 8: Always remember to pack your carton from the bottom to the top, high and tight.

How Can ACE Help You Move?

Need to pack your stemware as well? Take a look at our “How to Pack Stemware” article. We also offer the packing starter kits you need to be fully prepared for moving.