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Customized Organizing with the M by Staples Arc System

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On top of being a wife, a mom, and a freelance writer and blogger, my husband and I are thisclose to seeing our dream of opening our own business come to fruition. So, needless to say, being organized is a top priority for me. Which is why I jumped at the chance to review the M by Staples Arc system, a line of customizable organization tools by the office product superstore. Over the last few weeks, I have really enjoyed using these products to keep all of my personal, family and business schedules, to-do lists, important papers and receipts organized.

I got to test drive a leather-bound, 10 ring notebook (in turquoise—one of my favorite colors!), clear dividers, poly-tab dividers, brightly colored page flags,  the Arc system desktop punch (one of my favorite items by far) and an Avant Pro pen (it writes like a dream!).

The M by Stables Arc line of customizable organization tools are a great way for you to stay organized in a way that best suits you.

The M by Stables Arc line of customizable organization tools are a great way for you to stay organized in a way that best suits you.

M by Staples Arc products

The M by Staples Arc system offers leather and poly-blend notebooks in a variety of colors and designs. I, of course, got the leather-bound turquoise one. In addition to the great color of the notebook, I really like that it is small enough to throw in my purse or the diaper bag or even just carry in my hand along with all the other stuff I lug out of the house. The rings inside the binder are wide enough, too, so that you can add a lot of the Arc accessories – like the clear dividers and poly-tabbed dividers – to truly “customize the way you organize” (their line, not mine ;) ).

In addition to the accessories mentioned above the line includes calendar pages, to-do lists, project planners, business card holders, poly zip pockets, task pads and more. All the accessories are pre-punched and ready to fit right inside the notebook you choose.

I really like that  the M by Staples Arc line of products offer calendar pages. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased a cute planner just for it to be out of commission come December 31 because I couldn’t find refill pages for it. Now, thanks to Staples, I have a beautiful turquoise planner that I can use for years to come.

But the M by Staples Arc item I really liked was the desktop punch.

The M by Staples Arc desktop punch lets you add your own pages to your planner, making it truly customizable.

The M by Staples Arc desktop punch lets you add your own pages to your planner, making it truly customizable.

The M by Staples Arc desktop punch allowed me to add my OWN pages to my notebook. So the list my husband made me regarding some marketing and networking events for our business? I used the desktop punch and added it right into my notebook. The same goes for the vaccination form for my son’s daycare, the paper I had to fax, and my AOM print offs; they were all punched and added so I that all my important papers were in one place and I didn’t have to worry about them falling out or misplacing them (like so often happens).

As an example, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t lose my Target baby coupons I got in the mail the other day, so I just punched them and inserted them in to my planner and–voila–they are with me wherever I go, and not lying in the bottom of my purse or on the kitchen counter.

The M by Staples Arc desktop punch lets you add your own pages to your planner. I punched these coupons and inserted them in so that i wouldn't forget them the next time I am at the store!

The M by Staples Arc desktop punch lets you add your own pages to your planner. I punched these coupons and inserted them in so that I won’t forget them the next time I’m at the store!

The M by Staples Arc desktop punch lets you add your own pages to your planner. I punched these coupons and inserted them in so that I won't  forget them the next time I'm at the store!

The M by Staples Arc desktop punch lets you add your own pages to your planner. I punched these coupons and inserted them in so that I won’t forget them the next time I’m at the store!

And while I don’t have the calendar pages yet, I can see the desktop punch coming in handy to add invitations, school/daycare events, etc. right into the month its happening so you always know when the event is and where the information is physically located at all times.

Buy M by Staples Arc System

The M by Staples Arc customizable organization system can be found at all Staples locations and online at www.staples.com/arc. Notebooks start at $14.99; accessories range from $1.99- $39.99.

Tell us in the comments below, how do you stay on top of things? What products from the M by Staples Arc line of products would work best for keeping you and your family organized?

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About Toni Craig

I came to Akron 10 years ago for school and have been here ever since. My husband Matt, little guy Spencer and fur baby Mason call Green home and love taking advantage of the lakes, parks and fresh farmer's markets right in our backyard! A graduate of The University of Akron with a degree in Mass Communication and English, I've worked in news, radio, publishing and magazine writing, education, and public relations--but writing is my passion. In my free time I enjoy cooking, a good book, yoga, running, cheering on the Zips and experiencing all the great things the Akron area has to offer!

 
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