Freebies for an Organized (and Pretty!) New Year

We’ve officially had one week in 2010. (Is it just me, or does “twenty ten” sound all space-ageish to you? Wow.) So how’s it going?

I don’t know about you, but I always have grandiose dreams at the beginning of each new year—dreams that include me (a slim, stunning, and highly successful writer) living in my incredibly organized yet still electic-and-homey home with my happy and handsome hubby (well, that part’s true at least), obedient and sweet-smelling children who don’t balk at personal hygiene or cleaning up after themselves, and dog whose behavior would leave even the judges at the Westminster Dog Show speechless (but in a good way).

And every year I quickly realize that just dreaming about these goals isn’t gonna make them happen. And then I give up.

This year, however, is going to be different!

(Well, I don’t really know if it’s going to be different or not, and I’m betting on not, but inspiration usually makes for a better read than discouragement, so I’m sticking with that for now.)

I do love all of the new organizational tools that the new year unearths. Blank calendar pages and goal sheets leave me with a feeling of possibility and hope. I’ve tried many, many different planners and calendars throughout the years. And to all of the planners that have tried with me and failed, I’ve just gotta say: “It’s not you; it’s me.” This year, however, I’m trying the two-fold approach: the online Cozi calendar for Husband and I to use, which we can easily access on our phones (It’s an awesome tool—and FREE!) and the Rhapsody Franklin Covey daily planner, which I won from Sincerely, Jenni (an awesome Iowa blogger I met at I_Blog) .

There are so many great tools out there that you can download and print for FREE that I wanted to share some of my favorites with you this Thriftilicious Thursday. I will likely be printing them all. And maybe, with God’s help (because there’s no way I can accomplish a task like this on my own), this will be the year I get it together. Maybe.

Let me know which ones you like, and make sure to check out all of these awesome sites! Got another great freebie to share? Leave a comment with a link!

(Oh, and before you start getting all organized, check out Marc Johns’ Serious Drawings blog. I. Love. Him. That’s one of his drawings at the beginning of my post. He completely cracks me up and makes me want to hang mustaches on strings from my ceiling. He has a book too. Buy it.)

Goal Chart from The Project Girl

Free Printable 2010 Calendar from Living Locurto

Free Printable Goal List Form from Buttoned Up

Free 2010 Turn Over a New Leaf Resolution and Calendar Download from Benign Objects

Kate’s DIY Grocery Forms and Planner from Design Sponge

Home Management Notebook Printables from Organizing Your Way

Printable Library Card and Pockets Template from Creature Comforts (for those of you who have everything else in their house organized)

Beautiful 2010 Calendar from mibo

2010 Printable Planner (that’s simply GORGEOUS) from Design Evolution

2010 Printable Resolution Forms from Up Up Creative

3 thoughts on “Freebies for an Organized (and Pretty!) New Year”

  1. Wow, what a great list!! Thanks so much for including my home management printables!

  2. Hi Paula,

    I'm Lauren from Springpad. Since I saw that you were posting about Cozi, I thought I'd let you know about Springpad ( is similar to Cozi in that it is a free online personal organizing tool. But, we take it a step further by giving you the ability to upload notes or clip websites and access all your stuff online or on your phone. Moreover, we put all the info you store to work for you in our free apps. For example, you can save recipes from any website and then have them all neatly organized in your recipe box ( and then use our free meal planner app to create a dinner plan and a complete list of ingredients. You can also set alarms to send emails or text reminders. Other great apps include a budget tracker, a meeting notebook, a holiday gift planner, a date night planner, and other useful tools to help people get organized. It sounds like you're always on the go, and have a lot of things going on at once–so it really would be perfect for you! Would love to get your feedback.

  3. Look at all those FUN things! You know how I love fun organizing thingies. My heart is palpitating just a bit!

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