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!

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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We want to make your move as stress-free as possible. From packing up your home to getting your belongings where they need to go, we can handle every step of the moving process. Contact us today, and let’s get moving.

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

Scissor tail Change of address card

Oklahoma State Capitol Building Change of Address Card

Oklahoma Capitol Building change of address card

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.

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.

How to Pack Bowl Infographic


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.


5 Ways to Reduce Moving Stress

Your house has sold, the boxes are packed, and you are just days away from moving into your new home. While some moves run smoothly and are stress-free from day one, we all know it doesn’t always work this way. From last-minute moves to relocating the kids, moving uproots your normal routine and can often throw a wrench in your plans.

A couple sits at their new house getting ready to move in.

So how do you reduce stress when you feel like your world just got thrown in a brown box and you’re not sure where it will land? Take a deep breath, relax, and know it will all be okay. Here are a few of our favorite tips to help minimize stress during a move.


If you’re packing the house yourself, starting the first room can be one of the most overwhelming parts of the process. Start with a clean slate, literally, and deep clean your house before you even begin. Resist the urge to pack as you go, but instead, put everything in its proper place and sweep, wipe off dust, and set the stage for an organized moving process. If your house is clean before you begin packing, the entire process will feel less unorganized and more cohesive.


You’ve cleaned the house and are ready to get the ball rolling. Before you start throwing items in boxes, create an organized plan for your move. In this plan, lay out when you want to pack specific rooms, what items must be left out, and what your moving timeline is. Taking just an hour up front to organize your process will help smooth over the move, and it can be motivating to check off tasks as you go.


Perhaps one of the most-overlooked aspects of moving is the abundance of paperwork you’ll have to update and go through. Often, homeowners forget to make updates until they have settled into their new home. Make a list of everything you will need to change: billing addresses, bank statements, paperwork at your place of employment, driver’s licenses, and mail forwarding with the Post Office. Update these as soon as you can, and cross them off the list early. And don’t forget to cancel your utilities with your old address – you don’t want to get stuck paying for the new tenant’s water for a month!


Moving always interferes with your normal routine, but it doesn’t have to shake up your entire world. If you work out regularly, try to make time to go to the gym. If you always have girls’ night on Tuesdays, invite the group over to help you pack or take a small break to enjoy their company. Taking small breaks and enjoying the normal parts of your routine will help you remain focused and energized when you do step back into your house and keep packing and preparing for your move.


Moving may feel like a thankless task – but if you incentivize yourself for specific moving goals, the tasks will seem more manageable. Whether it’s a nice dinner, a pedicure, or a special purchase, give yourself a light at the end of the tunnel to look forward to. If your kids are feeling the strain of moving, reward them with a day at the local amusement park or a special treat to help them know that moving can be a positive experience.

We’ve been moving the state of Oklahoma since 1927 and we believe that moving does not need to be a stressful process. If you’re dreading packing up your home or don’t want to move the boxes, contact us for a free moving quote and we’ll do the tough work for you.

The How-To’s of Moving with Kids

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Moving is no small feat. Throw small children into the mix and the stress doubles. How do you keep your kids occupied, entertained, and safely out of the way on moving day? Read our guide for kid-friendly moving tips.

Plan Before Moving Day

Planning will alleviate many of your moving pains. If you have kids, it’s essential to strategize your time and create a game plan for moving.

Give Your Kids Time to Process The Move

Moving at any age can feel traumatic, but this is especially true for young children. If possible, give your child a least a month in advance to process the news. Their level of understanding may depend on age. Be patient and answer your child’s questions about moving as best as possible. Focus on the positive aspects of the move. Even if you’re stressed about moving too, try to keep calm around your young children.

Explain Packing

Kids, especially little ones, may not understand that their belongings will go with them to the new house. As you pack up your home, take time to explain that their toys, clothes, and furniture will be at the new house and are being packed so that they can be moved safely.

It’s a good idea to set aside a small box or backpack of their essential toys, clothes, and comfort items. You can move this box along with you when traveling to your new home.

Give Them Info on Their New Home

Show your kids where your family is moving on a map and the different places you will stop at along the way. Let them know about fun places nearby and the types of activities they’ll be able to do there. It can be a park around the corner or an adventure in a big city.

Contact Their New School

Reach out to your child’s new school districts and planned activities before you leave so that your kids will be able to return to “normal” life as soon as possible after you arrive at your new home. Being able to join a soccer team or local children’s theater provides a ready set of plans.

A boy looks at a map of his family's new neighborhood.

How to Handle Moving Day with Your Kids

Keep organized for moving day–especially with small children.

Hire a Sitter for Small Children

Hire a sitter to watch your kids or drop them off with friends during the busy hustle of moving day. Movers will be in and out of the house. While it may be exciting for small children to watch, you don’t want little feet running about. You’ll want to focus on getting everything in the right place. It’s safer to have someone who can keep an eye on your kids.

Be Travel Ready

If you’re traveling a long distance to your new home by car, make sure you have snacks and non-messy activities to keep your kids distracted. If you can play movies in your car, make sure you have a few matinées planned. Coloring books, a few stuffed animals, and car-friendly games should also be on hand.

If you’re going by plane, make sure you have the essentials ready for small children–diapers, snacks, and a car seat for when you land. You don’t want too many small, losable items in your child’s carry on. Coloring books, a few picture books, and kid-friendly electronics (with headphones!) should do. If you have a long travel day ahead, keep a change of clothes or pajamas for your child in their carry-on.

Settling Kids in a New Home

This is an exciting moment for a family. Your kids may be running around with excitement or feeling a little apprehensive. These tips can help calm both situations.

Unpack with Your Kids

Let your kiddos help unpack. This will make them feel important, as well as help them adjust to their new rooms more quickly.

Camp Out with Small Children

If your child is nervous sleeping in their new room the first few nights, let them sleep in your room and have a giant “camp out.” A new house can be a scary experience for young children. Let them acclimate to their new room little by little until their anxiety settles.

Allow Them to Grieve for Their Old Home

It is important for children to feel safe expressing their emotions, and it can take several months to adjust to a new home or town. By letting your kids call or video chat their old friends and family members often, they can still feel connected to their old home as they learn to adjust to their new situation.

Let Them Have Fun in Their New Home

It can be as simple as a family game night or letting your kids decorate their new room. Let your child make memories and a few marks in their new home.

A teenage girl hangs out at a coffee shop in her new town.

The How-Tos of Moving with Teens

Older children and teens need less supervision and explanations when moving, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have unique needs.

If your family is moving to a new town or state, your child may be dealing with some hard emotions. They might be upset to leave friends behind or start at a new school. This anxiety is natural–do your best to support them through this transition.

Listen to their concerns and involve them in the positive aspects of moving, like decorating a new room or exploring the new town. Plan activities that appeal to their interests to help them acclimate. Reach out to your child’s new school district and see what clubs and activities are available. If your child is having an extremely hard time adjusting, consult with a family counselor.

ACE Has Your Family’s Back

ACE Atlas has your back from point A to point B. We’ll make sure your family is ready for moving day. From packing your belongings to logistically planning your move, there isn’t a step we’ll miss.

If your moving, let us help. Contact us for a free moving quote.