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!).
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 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.
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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