By Kimberly Fusaro
Maybe you just remembered it's your turn to host bridge night. Or your mother-in-law called to announce she's dropping by. Whatever the reason, your home needs to be straightened up, stat! If you don't have time for a floor-to-ceiling cleaning-and really, who does?-follow our room-by-room tidying guide, which offers expert tips that bring order in a hurry.
Entryway: Make Room for Visitors' Things
Use a laundry basket to gather loose accessories, shoes and stray personal items, suggests Stacey Platt, author of What's a Disorganized Person to Do? Straighten out what's left; tuck jackets into the closet and close the door. Gather any loose mail, tossing junk mail and catalogs into the recycling bin.
Living Room: Do a Quick Pickup
Grab your laundry basket from the entryway and toss in books, clothing, shoes and whatever else belongs in a different room. Have a few minutes to spare? Vacuum the floor and sofa cushions. Donna Smallin, author of