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Need to clean out your closet? Try these tips!

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Did you know today was a holiday? It's National Fight Procrastination Day! So in honor of not putting off until tomorrow what you can do today, here are some tips on doing something most of us avoid -- cleaning out our closets.

Bonnie Kallenburg of AtlantaConsignmentStores.com teaches a workshop on organization and she says cleaning out your closet must be done.

"Your closet is premium real estate in your house, wouldn't you say that? It really is, so everything in here needs to earn it's spot or it's out of here," said Kallenburg.

Kallenburg says there's a six pile purging process. After picking out ten items you know you haven't worn in the last year, pick a pile. The first pile is the keep pile. But before you decide to keep it, ask yourself three questions.

"One is, do I love it? Two is, is it flattering? And three is, does it project the image I want to portray," said Kallenburg.

The other five piles are the sell pile, that's where you put clothes you plan on selling to a consignment store. There's the dry clean or mend pile, where you put clothes that have passed the 3 question test, but need to be altered or cleaned. Next is the donate pile, but Kallenburg says rather than donating bags of old clothing to thrift stores, know when to simply toss it.

"There are just some things in your closet that, that's just the end. There's no more life. Rest in peace little peach dress," said Kallenburg.

The last pile is the archive pile.

"It gives you a minute to put back some things that you love, that either don't fit anymore or it's just not a style you need right now or its the 70s shirt that you've had forever, and you drag it out every 70s party," said Kallenburg.

She says put it in a separate bag, not back on hangers. She says put your donate pile in black bags, your toss pile in white bags and your keep all the clothes in your closet on the same type of hangers.

Now that the season is changing, it's the perfect time to purge your closet. Kallenburg says have a friend help you and give you honest feedback. For more information on and tips, click here!

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