Focus on High-Traffic Areas

Don’t get caught up on rooms guests won’t even see. Now is not the time to clear out the closet.

Remove Clutter

Mail, bags, old magazines, empty cups — anything that doesn’t have an immediate purpose should be put away (even if it needs to be stuffed in the junk drawer, temporarily).

Make Space for Guests

Clear an area for guests to lay their bags and hang coats. If you have overnight guests, make sure they have a spot to hang wet towels and keep their toiletries.

Light Candles

If guests are expected any minute and you don’t even have time to clear clutter, just light some candles and pour yourself a glass of wine. Candles instantly make your home feel put-together and mask any unpleasant odors.