In a perfect world, everything in one’s home has a proper place—ha, we wish! “We all have plenty of clutter,” says Debra Johnson, Training Manager at Merry Maids, a cleaning service with more than 1,000 locations worldwide. But before you can even begin cleaning, you need to make it disappear—at least temporarily. The simplest, if shortest term, solution is to grab a laundry basket or box, take a stroll around your abode gathering up anything that isn’t guest-worthy. Then stash your clutter-filled containers in drawers, armoires, closets, under beds, etc. until the party’s over.