SOURCE: Mayflower Transit

Mayflower Transit

June 10, 2009 10:24 ET

Americans Continue Downsizing Trend for Fourth Consecutive Year, According to Mayflower Transit Average Moving Weight Study

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) - From those moving from the homestead to the city, to seniors leaving larger homes, Americans use moving as an opportunity to downsize their belongings. The average weight of a household move has decreased over the past four years, indicating that Americans are increasingly downsizing their personal belongings, according to a recent Mayflower Transit study.

Mayflower has tracked shipping weights since 1994, and the study is based on data as reported to the American Moving and Storage Association. The average move for Mayflower weighed in at 6,751 pounds in 2008, a decrease of 2 percent from 6,830 pounds in 2007. Mayflower's average moving weight has decreased by nearly 10 percent since the study began in 1997.

"Average moving weights have been trending down for the past four years, which is a strong indicator of broader changes in our society. We're watching Americans shift their lifestyles to accommodate the current economic environment, emerging sustainability trends and the green movement," said Jennifer Bonham, director of marketing communications at Mayflower Transit.

Downsizing Tips

Mayflower Transit agents have established a list of best practices for downsizing personal belongings.

Rate Your Space -- Assessing a new space to understand its physical limitations will make tough packing decisions easier. Measure each room in advance to determine what furniture will fit and what will have to go. Taking photos of each room and sketching a layout to remember the space more precisely will help determine what to move.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind -- Small spaces are like valuable real estate where every square foot counts. A great Mayflower trick to remember: "If you don't touch it daily, don't take it." Excuses like "I never know when I may need it" or "I've always had it" are not practical reasons to hang on to an unused item.

Learn to Let Go -- After identifying essential items, sort the remaining items into categories such as gifts, long-term storage, trash and donations. Sorting belongings will prevent carrying over the clutter into a new space. And a clutter-free home also "shows" better to prospective buyers.

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow -- Once tough decisions have been made, it's time to get rid of everything else. Host a "reverse housewarming" party -- list everything that needs to go and invite friends, family and neighbors over to choose what they want. It's a great way to ensure that prized possessions find a good home.

About Mayflower Transit

Mayflower Transit, founded in 1927, is one of the nation's oldest and largest van lines and transports household goods, electronic equipment, trade show exhibits and displays, works of art, and specialized freight utilizing a network of 700 affiliated agents throughout the United States and around the world. Mayflower's headquarters offices are located in suburban St. Louis. Further information about the company is available at

Contact Information

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