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Our New Home

CCC has officially moved to a larger location to better serve you!

Our new address:

Chicagoland Custom Closets

8042 Monticello

Skokie, IL  60076

We are still building out our new showroom, and not yet open to the public.  Please call 773.301.9994 for an appt.

Get Organized this Summer!

Wet towels and swimsuits.

Anytime you’re headed for the beach or pool, make sure your car has a good supply of Ziploc® brand Big Bags (large size). They are perfect for transporting wet swimsuits and small towels home, and you can even use them for large towels. To cut down on fading, use cold water to rinse chlorine out of wet swimsuits immediately after removing them.


Sunscreen and self-tanner bottles can get sticky fast, especially when used near sand or dirt. They will stay cleaner longer if you slip them into plastic bags.

Bug repellent.

Don’t forget your insect repellent, like OFF!® FamilyCare Insect Repellent I (Smooth & Dry), to protect your family from mosquitoes, biting flies, ticks, gnats, no-see-ums (nearly invisible flies).

Sports Time

Equipment on the road.

Ziploc® brand Big Bags (large size) are perfect for transporting scuba gear, flippers and inflatable floats (deflated!) in your car. They are also big enough for other sports equipment like bats, balls and gloves. Just be careful when placing anything with sharp edges in the bags. It’s best to wrap sharp points or blades with newspaper or bubble wrap.

Equipment at home.

Use wall space in your garage or mud room to hang whatever you can. Specialty racks can hold bats, rackets and other sport sticks. To keep various sports balls from rolling around, hang a mesh bag from the ceiling and store the balls inside. Keep jump ropes coiled in old paint cans. Recycle an old golf bag or laundry hamper as a storage bin for baseball bats, fishing rods and even skis and ski poles.


Keep all cycling equipment (including tire pump, patch kit and wrench) in one organized area of your garage. Bicycles can be hung from wall or ceiling racks. To remove dirt and grime, spray on all-purpose cleaner and then wipe off the bike with a dry paper towel or cloth. Always treat your bike to an annual tune-up at your local bike shop, even if you ride it only around the block. And teach your kids how to inspect and care for their bicycles too—including daily maintenance and cleaning.


Rakes and shovels.

Save yourself a nasty fall by storing rakes and shovels properly. Recycled containers or a garbage can on wheels can provide storage. Or use large nails, hammered at a 45-degree angle into the wall studs, to hang rakes and shovels. Always wash rakes and shovels with a garden hose and dry them thoroughly before storing.

Garden gloves and tools.

Got an old mailbox or retired planter? Use it to hold gardening gloves, seed packets, small garden tools, etc. Use clean, dry trash cans with lids to store leftover bags of grass seed, potting soil and peat moss. However, if you have small children, opt for large paint buckets with sealable lids found at hardware stores.


A roll of magnetic stripping is great for hanging paintbrushes. Or recycle an old paint can and use it to store brushes—bristles up.

Garden hoses.

Be creative! Nail the bottom of a large coffee can to a stud in the wall of your garage or tool shed and wrap the hose around it. The inside of the can is just right for storing small tools.

CCC sponsers Bob Perkaus 5K

Alderman Margaret Laurino, along with the Sauganash Community Association
and the Sauganash Chamber of Commerce, are proud to announce the Bob Perkaus
Memorial 5K  located at 5861 N. Kostner (registration begins at 8:00am). A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to a scholarship fund set up in Bob’s name at Loyola
Academy for a student who has lost a parent.

Until Bob’s untimely death in 2005, his entire life was lived in
and shaped by Chicago and the Sauganash Community. Bob worked hard to make
Sauganash a better place to live. For two decades he was an active member of
the Sauganash Community Association, serving as its president for a few years
in the 1990s. Bob also had a passion for running – completing marathons in
Boston, Chicago and L.A. Every day he jogged the streets of Sauganash. Thus it
is fitting that the Sauganash Community’s annual fall event – the Bob Perkaus
Memorial Run/Walk – travels these same streets. This event honors Bob’s life
and legacy.

Back to School! Time to organize the PANTRY!

When the pantry is stocked where everything has its place and purpose and is easy to locate and access, meal preparation becomes a breeze the whole family can enjoy.

There are so many things you can do to organize your pantry. Multiple shelving, shallow shelving, rollout drawers and shelves, racks, baskets, bins—they all work together to separate food items so everything is within reaching distance, easy to locate and access. Multiple shelving serves as a sort of modular shelving system layered one after the other, expanding and collapsing in on each other. For the smaller two-door pantry cabinet, these work well to utilize every inch of space. If you have a recessed or reach-in pantry or a walk-in closet, a multiple shelving system works really well to maximize space, doubling or tripling the usable space you already have.

Shallow shelves are essential to keeping every item front and center for easy location and access. If your pantry cabinet is set very deep, then you’ll want to install rollout drawers and shelves so every item you store will be easy to see and access quickly. Rollout shelves and drawers prevent items from disappearing in the deep, dark recesses of the back of a deep-set cabinet, never to be seen again, and make every item pull out to you.

Racks are really great to hang over the pantry door or to build into the door for storing frequently used spices, cans, jars and bottles. Spice racks are very popular and the cool, dark pantry will keep your spices fresh and ready to use as needed. Baskets are great for produce and spices like garlic and whole ginger, and they can be set on top of shelves inside the pantry or hung from the ceiling.

I really like clear see-through bins for organizing dried legumes, pastas, grains and cereals. It gives your whole pantry a clean, streamlined look and allows you to throw away all those awkward-sized boxes taking up space. Be sure to include erasable labels as well, so you know what everything is and can rewrite as needed.

Closet Organization Ideas

Get the organized closet of your dreams with our strategies for storing clothes, photos and art supplies. Plus, learn how to turn your closet into an office.


Bookcase Storage BinsDesign by Rebecca Woolf

Organizing Photos for Closet Storage

Do you have stacks of photos crammed in a closet? Is your digital camera overloaded with images you’ve yet to print? If so, then follow this six-step plan from professional organizer Candita Clayton to help you organize your photos and preserve your memories:

1. Start with the present: Starting a system with your current photos will help to keep you on track as new ones come in. Tackling too much at once (say the last 10 years) will most likely overwhelm you and sabotage your efforts.

2. Review and purge: As soon as your photos are developed go through them and toss out redundant or bad shots. If you are using a digital camera you have the advantage of eliminating before you print or save, either on your computer or at the local drugstore.

3. Label: Place traditional photos in envelopes labeled with the month, year and the event. If time permits, little notes on the back of each can help to tell a story you might otherwise forget down the line. With digital photography label photo cd’s or create separate files on your computer labeled accordingly. Photo websites also allow you to give each photo a title and description.

4. Store: The simplest method for storing traditional photos is putting them into photo boxes. They can be stored by year or by event. Store them in a safe dry place to insure their longevity. Any room with moisture, humidity or extreme temperature changes will likely ruin photos over time. For digital photos several photo websites allow unlimited storage as long as you make a purchase and keep your account active. Each of these sites has their own contracts so be sure to check the account requirements so you know what you’re getting. The sites include, and Shutterfly also includes other great features such as archiving and scrapbooking.

5. Share: Now that you know where to find your pictures choose some favorites and use mini albums with sleeves or paper corners to show off a special event or trip. With digital photos you can email to family and friends. This is a great way to keep grandparents, relatives and friends in the loop.

6. Revisit: Once you have a system in place for dealing with your new photos you are now ready to go back in time and begin the process for years past. Remember it is much easier to deal with a season at a time rather then the entire year.

Visit to learn more about Candita Clayton’s professional organizing services and a variety of available organizing products.

“Getting Organized” tops the list for 2014 New Years Resolutions

LEWISTON, ID – Once again weight loss is the top New Year’s resolution nationwide, but just like all resolutions this popular goal is a hard one to keep if you’re not committed to the cause.

Today millions of Americans are starting off strong on their New Year’s resolutions, but studies show a majority will fail within the first couple of weeks.

Anytime Fitness Trainer, Chad Williams said there are things that can be done to make sure your weight loss dreams for 2014 become reality.

“Buddy systems are great that works for a lot of people, having a trainer helps,” said Williams. “It keeps people accountable. Tell people what you’re doing so that way you have people ask you how your doing and what you’re doing. And just finding some sort of motivation. Find a reason that you’re doing it for and stay focused on that.”

Getting organized came in second on the list for 2014’s top New Year’s resolutions, and saving money was number three.