Closing my Poshmark closet didn’t happen on a whim. I knew I would need a break for an undetermined amount of time… I wasn’t trying to be dramatic. I just marked stuff down, deleted tons, and took a break. It felt weird… like I was quitting a job. Which, in reality is what I did. It feels like I was only gone a week, but it was two months.
I needed the time where I wasn’t constantly sharing, stressing over listing, or racing out to the post office, all the while trying to juggle my current responsibilities. Throw the holiday season in there and I was OVERWHELMED to say the least. That’s why I took a step back. Today I am waiting for the rain to stop so that I can hopefully get good natural lighting to take pictures so I can post some new listings!! But in the meantime, I wanted to share with you what I learned while I was gone.
Things I Learned from Closing My Poshmark Closet
- I really, really, really like Poshmark. While I was starting to getting burned out from the mundane tasks of it all… I discovered that I truly like it. I like challenging myself, achieving goals, and having fun running my “store.” It was hard to quit. I still logged in almost daily to share and shop. I have no clue that I would miss it so much.
- I missed the additional income. None of my other hobbies reward me with a check every few weeks.
- I learned to stop trying to do too much. It’s ok to be honest and take a break if you need one.
- Don’t chase goals that you haven’t set for yourself. I need to spend more time explaining this one…
You don’t have to hold yourself to a goal that you don’t even want to achieve.
Confused? Let me explain…
Do you find yourself looking at the closets, they may or may not be a boutique, but their listings are flying out the door… they are bundling like crazy? You know they are doing this for their full-time job… but HOW? Meanwhile, you are sitting at your computer trying to catch up returning shares so no one gets mad at you. How are they so successful??
Did you get that important point? “Closets who are full-time sellers”. You cannot expect full-time results when you are putting in part-time hours. If you have a day job that you love and that pays your bills- FANTASTIC! While you can still achieve some major Poshmark success you can’t expect immediate full-time results. Also, “full-time” results vary. Not everyone has the magic touch!
I had to ask myself if I even WANT that…
The truth? No.
I don’t want to spend hours in the afternoon into the late evening shipping out packages.
I don’t want my income to be based on whether or not Closet Clear Out is happening.
I don’t want to be constantly looking for merchandise to sell or try to figure out the wholesale game.
I don’t want to start selling on multiple platforms or start my own website.
So, what DO I want?
What I want from my Poshmark Closet
I want to list clothes that I don’t wear on Poshmark.
I want to have fun being creative with photos.
I want to share my listings (and others) in my free time.
I want to have fun.
I want to laugh (and commiserate) with my Posh friends.
I want to make money that reflects the amount of time I put in.
Closing my Poshmark closet was a tough decision, but my goal in doing this was to re-open with a new look and a new feel. Now I am here, two months later… with pretty much the same aesthetic I had before. But I made a huge change!
The change is ME.
I am going to do things slower… I’m not going to allow myself to get overwhelmed. Instead of power listing everything I have; I am going to take my time. I am going to list something everyday or every couple of days. I am going to share… but not share away my morning to the point that I get nothing else accomplished. It’s ok that I have a bin full of pieces to list… I will get to it.
I am going to be the part-time posher that I am and get amazing part-time results. I am setting realistic goals that fit my life. I will continue to challenge myself and hit my goals… but I am going to make sure it is fun in the process. If temporarily closing my Poshmark closet helped me get to this point, I am glad I did it.
If you want to read more of my thoughts on success, check out How to be a Success on Poshmark