I am an organized person but the overstuffed school bags (baby wipes, show & tell, washed naptime linens, R2D2 paintings), mail, work files and athletic shoes can too quickly become mountains of household detritus.
I realized I need several spaces to catch things as soon as we walked through the door. I wanted:
-several places for all the purses and bags to go
-a place to set the mail with differentiated spaces for pay-this-ticket-now versus a place where mail can lounge comfortably until it is filed or browsed through
-a few catch-all spaces
This is my fantasy mudroom and entryway, below. It's like an entire mini-house that you can leave stuff in before bringing it into your real house. Ah well...