Meet Tracey Waters

As the hostess of nearly every elaborate holiday gathering for her large family, Tracey Waters spends so much time and effort prepping that she barely enjoys her own celebration.

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Age: 45


Home: Fontana, California


Job: Part-time legal manager and independent sales consultant


Family: Married to Casey, with four children, Jayde, 25, Jeremy, 16, Chelsey, 11, and Casey Jr., 4


I would describe myself as…
Fun to be around, a good friend, and very outgoing.


My household is…
Full. My kids are all living at home and I spend at least ten hours a day with them.


An ideal day for me is…
Scrapbooking with my girls; playing baseball and basketball with my boys.


I’m a domestic whiz when it comes to…

Laundry. I fold clothes really well.


My greatest challenge is…
Being organized. I’m just…not. My house is always a wreck: toys, clothes, and clutter everywhere.


When it comes to decorating…
I’m just not good at it. I have a large family room that’s empty and needs a lift.


One thing that’s currently on my to-do list―but might not get done―is…
Clean. Hate it.


One thing that’s on my to-do-one-day list is…
Build my dream retirement home.