My name is Katie Berry, and I’m here to help you stop feeling overwhelmed by your home, no matter what state it’s in right now. And I don’t judge.

Katie Berry of Housewife How-Tos

My Mission

My mission is to provide helpful, judgment-free solutions that make your life easier. Here on my blog and through my books, I help people learn to solve household problems and develop routines to keep their homes up to their standards — whatever those standards are.

That’s why I call it “real-world help for your home” — because it’s not about making things look pretty or making your home look like everyone else’s. It’s about figuring out how you want your home to look and what kind of routines work for you.

It’s About Real Life

Not everyone grew up learning how to clean. Some of us didn’t have a trusted adult to show us how to do things or explain when and why. And sometimes, figuring out those kinds of tasks can be overwhelming.

As someone with ADHD and anxiety, I know how broken a person feels when they can’t figure out things that seem to come naturally to everyone else. I also know the pressure to do things perfectly and the fear that mistakes will let everyone know we have no idea what we’re doing. I share the solutions I’ve figured out that have helped me and which I hope will be helpful to you, too.

How it Started

Thirty years ago, I was a young mom working full-time and overwhelmed by the expectation that I also needed to keep an immaculate home. At my job, I used checklists to stay on top of cases without letting things fall through the cracks. I got the idea to try using them to help me keep track of housework.

Before long, friends were asking for my secret to “doing it all,” which led to sharing my checklists with them. Eventually, I started putting my checklists and how-tos online when I became a stay-at-home mom. That was over a decade ago, and it grew into this blog. Now, helping others accomplish their own home goals is what I do, and I am so grateful for that!

Why “Housewife How-Tos”?

I’m the type of person who loves researching topics, learning both the “how-to” part and the why. So, what you’ll find here is well-researched, detailed advice that I’ve personally tried and had success using in my own home.

You don’t have to be a housewife to use the information on this site or in my books. The name reflects that I was a housewife when I started the blog to share what I’d learned about how to solve various household challenges. (It’s kind of a pain to change blog names after a decade, so the name is what it is.)

Because “Cleaning Expert” Sounds Weird

Millions of people now visit my blog every year. I’ve had the privilege of helping hundreds of thousands more through my homemaking books, and being consulted as a cleaning expert in various publications like HGTV Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Redbook Magazine, NBC News, and Woman’s World. I’m not also a cleaning expert on the Editorial Review Board at The Spruce.

But despite being a cleaning expert, you’ll find I’m all about progress, not perfection. We all exist for more important things than cleaning house — I just want to help people figure out the way that works for them.

You Are Welcome Here

Here you’ll find solutions to all sorts of home-related issues. I invite you to take a look around and bookmark the site so you can come back any time. I share new how-tos regularly, and every day I post quick tips and great laughs on my Facebook page and my Instagram. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!