1) First impressions: Walk outside then walk back in. What do you see? A messy entryway? Couch cushions all asunder? Focus on what your guests will see first and pick up those areas. You’ll set the tone for a clean house (even if your carpet hasn’t been vacuumed in awhile).
2) Where will they be spending their time? The answer is probably the living room, so focus on that room next. Toss magazines and books back onto shelves and anything else that is out of place. Don’t worry about putting everything in the exact right spot (we know, this goes against good organizational advice)—if you’ve got a drawer you use for shoving things out of the way, then use it.
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