Start with the sofa — as long as it’s in disarray, your living room will never look tidy. Once you’ve fluffed the pillows and folded the throws, you’re halfway home. If you pop in a CD while you dust, you should be able cover the whole room by the end of the third track.
* Pick up crumbs and dust bunnies with a handheld vacuum (one minute).
* Fluff the cushions and fold throws after use (two minutes).
* Wipe tabletops and spot-clean cabinets when you see fingerprints (one minute).
* Straighten coffee-table books and magazines. Throw out newspapers. Put away CDs and videos. (Two minutes.)