I got rid of half of my Poshmark closet and it was awesome. Why? You say. And how? The answer to why is much simpler than it may seem. It wasn’t bringing me joy.
I noticed that certain items in my Posh closet (and Mercari and eBay) left me with a sour taste in my mouth when I had to share them. And, every time I shared them, I thought “PLEASE, someone buy this!” It wasn’t because I thought the pieces were ugly or there was something wrong with them. It wasn’t that I thought they weren’t worth buying, either. For example, I had a tank top with a cute embroidered flower pattern on the top in my closet. It was white and black and very versatile while still being unique. But for some reason, no one liked it during the first few weeks I posted it. I began to feel unsure of whether it was actually as cute as I thought.
And then I realized, the problem was merely that it didn’t go with the rest of my closet. So if someone was into that style, they wouldn’t necessarily think my closet was inviting. And if someone liked the rest of the styles, they wouldn’t choose that tank top. More importantly, I realized I already knew that when I’d selected this item to include it in my closet.
I felt that way about several more items in my closet, including a beautiful hooded poncho that I absolutely loved, a pair of Nicole Miller slacks, a few mid-brand men’s shirts, and some jewelry. I suspected that I would enjoy Poshing like I used to if I didn’t have those things in my closet, but I was hesitant to just get rid of them all because what if someone bought them? I would have a few more bucks in my pocket.
That’s when my husband and I stumbled across the KonMari method of tidying. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a method of getting organized that focuses on finding joy in the items you own. It also focuses on “discarding,” as its creator, Marie Kondo, calls it.
Since she suggests beginning with clothes, we started with our own closets. It was awesome, let me tell you. I now feel confident in my clothing and I don’t feel like I’m trying to make anything work. Instead, it just works because I’ve already decided each item sparks me joy. It’s easier to create an outfit, and I’m more decisive about whether or not my outfit goes together.
Anyway, I definitely caught the KonMari bug and I turned to look at the heaping mass of my Posh closet (really, the heaping mass part was a bunch of mailing and packing materials, but they were in front of stcks of semi-organized boxes), and I knew with confidence that it was time for me to address those nagging feelings about my items.
How I Used the KonMari Method to Organize My Poshmark Closet
For the KonMari method to work, I knew I had to go through everything I had listed for sale, even the items I knew I loved and was excited to sell. And, since the method is really designed for items you own, I modified it a little bit. This had to be about sparking joy when I sold it.
I sell clothes on Poshmark because I love sending beautiful items to an owner who can enjoy them. I am proud of the stuff I sell and I know the joy that the right clothes can bring to people. I think clothing is a lot more than a superficial consideration. I think they are an opportunity to express yourself, a reflection of your inner self. In return, I think they reinforce a positive self-image when you wear the right clothing. That’s why I love to sell. I love imagining the happiness a great item can bring someone.
Enough of the snuggly stuff. So how did I use the KonMari method on stuff that I knew I was essentially “discarding.” I took the idea I described above and put it into words for myself. Then, I envisioned the items in my closet and imagined myself sending it along. I asked, “Will selling this item spark joy?” and if I felt frustration with its fit in my closet or didn’t think I’d feel excited to pack it up and pass it along for someone else to enjoy, it didn’t make the cut.
I did this in the order Kondo describes in her book, The Method of Tidying [amazon link] (list order)
It Wasn’t Easy, but I Did It
I am now confident that everything I have in my closet for sale will bring me joy when I sell it AND bring me joy simply from its presence in my closet. Of course, selling anything is great. But as many online sellers will tell you, selling isn’t quick. That means that you should only have items in your closet that bring you joy when they’re doing their job as inventory. (If you read the book, you’ll understand more about that last phrase.)
If you’re still not convinced, I listed out what I learned from using the KonMari method to clean out my Posh closet. If you want to read more about the rest of how we KonMari-ed our tiny home (yes, I Posh and I live in a tiny home), check out our story! [link]
If you do it, I promise you’ll be happy you did!