Want a mud room but don't have that extra room? Make a mini mud room - board & batten walls, just inside your entryway with hooks, a little bench, and an eye-level shelf with baskets. How easy is that? Site has lots of good organizing ideas.
Add Storage and Decoration to Small Entryway Space with Board and Batten Wall. Even a tiny empty wall can make for a great coat hook/drop zone area. The more organized a living space is, the bigger it looks. via downrightsimple.