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HOLIDAY PLANNING
I know, just reading the title to this article may bring about a little holiday stress, but no worries, this article will help ease that stress and make the holidays truly enjoyable. This is a timeline and checklist to ease into the planning and decorating, so let's get started!

Gift List: Make your list and set your budget

Tip: Add this list to the "Memo Pad" in your Smartphone, that way you always have your "list" with you should you find yourself at the mall.

Holiday Cards: Purchase cards or have some specially made with a photo from a family vacation or outing earlier in the year.

Tip: If your card list is a bit large, address 10 cards every few days so that it does not become a chore or tedious .

Holiday Gatherings/Parties: Plan and set your date for your holiday gathering in advance. Prepare your guest list, menu and decorating ideas. Write up the grocery list and set a date to go shopping a few days out before your event. Book any help several weeks out such as wait staff, musician or bartender.

Tip: Since it is the holidays and parties are popular this time a year, send invitations out 3 weeks in advance to have a successful turnout. Emailed invitations are a time saver, there are many to choose from online.

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SIO HAPPENINGS
Sort It Out was a proud participant in this year's Partners Shopping Card benefiting San Antonio's Cancer Therapy & Research Center. Over 200 participating retailers partnered up to give consumers 20% discount on products and services. The program ran October 19-28. All proceeds from the purchase of the card support CTRC. This was the 12th year of the program which has grown every year in participants and proceeds. Thanks to so many who purchased a card from SIO!   Partners Shopping Card
The 2012 Witte Game Dinner is always a fun event and Sort It Out was proud to participate in donating services as a silent auction item. Proceeds go towards the museum's educational, operations and exhibition programs.   Wild Game Dinner
October was a very busy month for Sort It Out with yet another event, The Cattle Baron's Gala held on Saturday, October 20th. Sort It Out donated services with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. This is always such a beautiful event and held during a beautiful time of the year. Cattle Baron's Gala
Sort It Out along with Christus Santa Rosa Children's Hospital was a co-sponsor of KQXT radio station's "Messiest Kid's Room" contest. The contest ran from October 22 through November 9. Listeners were asked to send in photos or videos of their kid's messy room. The winner received a $500 Gift Certificate from the Container Store and 5 Hours of organizing from Sort It Out! Fun promotion!
SIO'S NOTEWORTHY FINDS
Challenge and Solution Working on the closet below was such a FUN, FUN, FUN project, well if you love fashion!  Gucci, Prada, Chanel, OH MY!!!!

The Challenge:
This client has a large closet but as you can see, she needed to sort, donate and organize the closet to make room for her clothes, shoes, boots and purses. Like most clients who are ready to organize when they call Sort It Out, she had no problem getting it done.  She was very hands on and very open to all suggestions and recommendations which made the process such a treat to work on, in more ways than one!

The Solutions:  
• Paring down of clothes, shoes, boots and purses client no longer used or wanted
• Since this was a large job, we used moving boxes for all donated items, this makes it much easier to transport. Plus boxes (I recommend the UHaul boxes because they are strong & sturdy) are more durable than large trash bags. This client donated items to her local church (lucky churchgoers!)
• We also used clear plastic hangers and huggable hangers , using the same type hangers make a closet look neater plus these type of hangers use less space on the rack than the thick bulky hangers and wire hangers always tend to leave a crease in clothes, plus their not purrrdy
• The client purchased clear plastic shoe and boot boxes - these are stackable and have a door that opens in the front for ease of use.  The client is able to see the shoe, style and color through these clear boxes
• Shelf dividers were used to organize all the beautiful Chanel, Prada, Louie and Gucci purses.  This dividers slip right into the shelf allowing you to decide distance between columns.  The dividers help keep purses from falling into each other.  In this case, purses were organized by color. (See picture of shelf dividers)
• Clear sweater boxes were used to store and organize scarfs.  One box was used for winter scarfs and another for lighter scarfs
• Clothes were organized by type of clothing, pants, blouses, dresses, skirts and evening wear. Then there were organized by color.

I must admit, working on this closet did not feel like work.  It was a treat!  Just to give you an idea on the size of closet and the amount of clothes, shoes etc., we logged in 27 hours! Again it was a treat!
 
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Here are some great local businesses that I enjoy doing business with.  Feel free to check them out and don't forget to mention that you saw it in the Sort It Out newsletter!
Lily's Cookies Lily's Cookies, delicious, fun, creative and original! Did I mention delicious! I recently had cookies made for media as thank you gifts, they were a huge hit! "Sweet" bakery located on McCullough in Monte Vista, worth the trip! Check out their website, www.lilyscookies.com or call them at 210-832-0886 and order your cookies for any occasion!
The cable box has been around for a couple of years but the designs keep getting better. And with today's technology it's a great tool to hide power strips/power adapters and excess cords and cable. The box comes with cable ties for bundling and is made of flame retardant plastic. Get your's at the Container Store. cable box
 
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Happy Holidays
Wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday Season!
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Sort It Out Gift Certificates available just in time for Christmas, call
210-818-8250 to order your' s today! They also make a great housewarming gift, Birthdays, well you get the picture.
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Sort It Out would like to express its sincere sympathy to those affected by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. We hope your friends and loved ones are safe and well.
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