Americans Continue Downsizing Trend

Americans who move are moving less belongings — in fact, downsizing during a move remains a strong trend again in 2009, according to a recent Mayflower Transit study.
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 study by Mayflower Transit.
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, said Jennifer Bonham, director of marketing communications at Mayflower Transit.
“We’re watching Americans shift their lifestyles to accommodate the current economic environment, emerging sustainability trends and the green movement,” said Bonham. “Homeowners are transitioning away from ‘McMansions’ to smaller, more sustainable living environments. This trend parallels other industries’ experiences, such as the auto industry’s, in the recent movement toward less consumption, greener solutions and simpler lifestyles.”

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