Meet Isis Kangas

A bubbly first-time homeowner worries she’s in over her head.

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Age: 28


Home: Van Nuys, California


Job: Dental assistant


Family: Married to William, a teacher


I save money at home by…
Not buying anything for myself. I get hand-me-downs, do my own manicures and pedicures, buy whole chickens and vegetables instead of the boneless or pre-cut kind, and borrow carpet cleaners. The list goes on!


On a scale of one to five, I’d rate my home life organization…
A five. I really only clean if we have a guest over―but that’s actually very often. I love to entertain and I have people over for dinner a lot.


Every weekday morning I…
Drive 12 miles to work. It’s nice―I listen to music and sing at the top of my lungs.


I feel…
Grateful for my personality. Life is too fun not to love myself. However, I can’t wait to grow up and be mature.


I am good at…
Making my husband happy. I make him laugh every morning.


I’m not-so-good at…
Laundry. It’s a mile high.


I could use help with…
My workout schedule. I don’t have one and my husband has told me over and over to please exercise. Yikes!