Meet Emily Mencken

Mom Emily struggles with overspending, hoarding, and―in her words―dressing "schlumpy."

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Photo by  Marc Royce

Age: 35


Home: Pasadena, California


Job: Stay-at-home mom


Family: Married to Scott, 41, with three children, daughter Katie, 3, and twins Josh and Nate, 1


My life is…
Happily chaotic; busy to slightly overwhelming with moments of sheer bliss.


I believe…
I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. I love my life. I just wish I could get ahead of the mess.


I exercise…
Does changing a diaper on a squirming baby count? If not, then never. Can't fit it in, but, boy, do I need to!


I describe my style as…
Washable?


Dinnertime at our house is…
Hectic, spread out, messy.


I drive a…
Minivan. Love the convenience. Hate the stigma.


One thing that's currently on my to-do list―but might not get done―is…
Sew a button onto Scott's shorts. (Two years and counting…)


One thing that's on my to-do-one-day list is…
Make homemade gifts and clothes, learn to sew, and start a business on Etsy.com.