Does this cabinet look familiar? It should--there's a drawing of it in The House That Cleans Itself. This humble piece of furniture is what gets me out of the door with the things I need, without making a mess in the front hall.
See how neat it looks when the door is closed? On the top is a small tray for my keys and sunglasses.
Inside the cabinet, however, you'll find all sorts of things like tote bags, library books, items waiting to be taken to the car, coupons, our home's "lost & found" department, and more:
My family makes fun of my labelmaking-gone-wild, but if I don't label things I can't remember what they're for.
Perhaps my solution to the entryway blues could work in your home too.