Katie Barton, Contributing Writer

Katie Barton

Contributing Writer


  • Specialties and interests: Plants, cleaning, product testing, and practical organization
  • Experience: 20+ years of experience working in plant care, 10 years of experience working in the publishing industry
  • Other work: Yahoo!, Realtor.com, Homedit, GOBankingRates, and Cabin Life


Katie Barton is a home improvement freelance writer based out of Cincinnati, Ohio. She has been writing for the Bob Vila team since July 2022 and specializes in topics such as cleaning, organizing, and gardening.

Proudest DIY

“My proudest DIY moment was when I tiled my bathroom by myself. Before taking on the project, I was nervous about using any type of saw. It was a great learning experience, and the bathroom turned out better than I expected.”

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