My name is Katie Berry, and I’m here to help you turn your house into a haven without losing your sense of humor or your mind.
I’ve been managing my home and raising kids for nearly thirty years.
At first, I found keeping track of all the details overwhelming. Sometimes it felt like I would never be done cleaning or getting clutter under control.
Experienced Homemaking Advice
Back in the 1990s, I worked full-time in addition to running a home. Checklists and routines helped me stay on top of cases in the office, so I decided to try implementing them at home one day, too.
Before long, friends were asking what my “secret” was for keeping the house tidy while juggling all of my other responsibilities, too. I began sharing my checklists and soon was sharing my recipes for homemade cleaners as well.
I’m the type of person who loves researching topics, learning both the “how-to” part and the why behind it. So, what you’ll find here is well-researched, detailed advice that I’ve personally tried and had success using in my own home.
Why “Housewife How-Tos”?
Almost a decade ago, a friend suggested that I put my checklists and cleaning recipes online to make them more accessible. It seemed like an excellent alternative to spending afternoons responding to dozens of emails from people I’d never met but who’d been given one of my checklists or told about them by a friend.
So, since 2011, I’ve been publishing this blog, contributing articles to other home-related sites, speaking at local county extension courses and events, and writing homemaking books.
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 one at the time and wanted to share what I’d learned about how to solve various household challenges. (And it’s kind of a pain to change blog names after a decade. So the name’s stuck.)
As Seen In
In the years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve been consulted as a “cleaning expert” by various publications. You probably recognize their names: HGTV Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Redbook Magazine, NBC News, and Woman’s World, to name a few. And now, I also help as a cleaning expert on the Editorial Review Board at The Spruce.
Meanwhile, I wrote a book to give others a simple step-by-step plan to clean and organize their home without wearing themselves out.
Reading 30 Days to a Clean and Organized Home is like having me at your side for a month (except that would be awkward for both of us). I wrote it to help busy people like you get their homes clean and clutter-free. But, more than that, I also teach you the habits that keep your home tidy, so it doesn’t fall apart once you’ve reached the last page of my book.
Reader Reviews of My Book
It’s so simple and easy to follow.
The structure and routine I needed to whip things back into shape.
Well-written and plain-speaking information.
My house has never looked better.