Show Me Your ARC

I would like to formally introduce you to my new organization system.


Isn’t she a beauty? Part of me wanted a more fun color than black, but it is more practical this way!


This is my ARC customizable notebook system. I was recommended this system by a friend and immediately had to order my own (I don’t believe they are available in stores, the books might be but not the inserts) – I have been using the ARC for a month now and it has done wonders for my organization.


Inside the front cover is a sleeve for papers and/or business cards – There are two choices for the notebook itself, a leather or poly option – I went with the leather because it seemed more sturdy, but it is also thicker so it comes down to a choice of what you are most comfortable with.


The thing about this notebook system is you can buy any sort of inserts to customize it any which way you want. I am a visual person so I like having a monthly calendar for me to fill out what is going on each day – I enjoy being able to have a quick look at each month (and crossing off each day makes me happy too!)


A quick little look at August – the month is filling up fast!


I also enjoy having a weekly calendar as well. Planning out my day as well as my appointments makes it easy for me to stay organized.


A week in the life of Leslie (and Her Little Dog Too)


Aside from the monthly and weekly calendars I also got a To-Do list insert. This is where I map out things I need to get done within the week, I cross it off when its done. I also use this space to keep track of potential blog post ideas when I think of something! Other inserts I got for my system include a few pocket dividers, to hold any loose papers, color dividers to separate the different sections of my planner as well as lined paper for notes!


This planner has worked wonders for me! I seriously love it!

Speaking of organizing, another cleaning/organizing tip I recently adopted from Caitlin that I have put into use in our apartment is her chore chart. I have separated each day into focusing on a separate room/area for cleaning. I spend a bit of time on each area on its designated day to keep it neat, clean and organized and it has kept our apartment looking great! I love having this little Sticky Note on my computer as a constant reminder – it helps keep me focused and makes cleaning and keeping clean our apartment less intimidating!


Do you have a favorite planner that you use? How do you clean/organize your home? I would love for you to share any tips/words of wisdom or secret tricks you may have that you use in your everyday life!

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  • Reply Becky July 28, 2011 at 11:15 am

    wow – you are so neat! I have a calendar on my desk at work that I write on – I feel like I NEED to write things down or I forget, but, I never bring it home. Once it’s written, I just seem to remember it. For home chores, I use the pile system. I make piles of things by the front door that remind me of what needs to be done – drycleaning, alterations, massage coupon, workout outfit, shoes I’m going to wear to dinner, etc. Eh, it works for me

  • Reply Jane @ Broccolini & Cheese July 28, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I stopped using a planner sometime ago and think it may be time to start again! I think I got a little too reliant on Google Calendar etc which is not always the best way to plan! I will have to check the ARC out!

  • Reply Megan @ Life As Megan Knows It July 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    This is like a dream come true for me.. That sounds sad but I am going online and buying one now..

  • Reply kate July 28, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    i have been on the look out for a new planner and this post may or may not have resulted in me purchasing one…immediately. 🙂

  • Reply Melissa July 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Okay — I got an ARC and wanted to love it, but I couldn’t figure out how to put pages in/take pages out without ripping them! Any tips?

  • Reply Patty O July 30, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Sounds like a great system, especially the daily reminders of cleaning, etc. I need more days in my life to keep my house clean! Too bad you didn’t have the ARC while planning the wedding or did you?

  • Reply Michelle August 14, 2011 at 12:13 am

    I have the ARC system too and love it. Where did you find the calendar? I thought the calendars didn’t come out until the new year. I need one!

  • Reply gina September 22, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I am having a hard time finding the calendar for the ARC notebook. Please tell me where you found your calendar? Thanks

  • Reply Michelle January 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    You can purchase the ARC system at Staples. I found everything I needed there, including the Calendar! Hope that helps! So far, Staples is the only store I have found that carries it.

    • Reply Leslie January 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks for the tip Michelle! I will check it out!

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