We live in a smallish house...~1000 sq. feet. We hardly use the front door, always come in the side off the driveway. The entrance has a 3x2.5ft pad, then two steps up into the small kitchen. The stairs go down to the basement. Thus far we have hung hooks by the stairs and leave shoes/boots on the landing. With soon to be 3 kiddos plus us, it's not safe!! Too many shoes/boots, snowpants and coats overlap and don't get dry. At the bottom of the stairs we have a 8x5 foot free space I'm having DH build a mud room type area. We will have to go up and down the stairs to get ready to leave, but good exercise!
Any suggestions on "must haves"? I'm planning a bench to sit on, a row of hooks along the 8 foot section, with a shelf above with a bin for each of us, under the hooks a shoe area, with two shelves for shoes and then a landing spot for backpack, etc. On one side I'm putting a drying rack to hang wet mittens, etc.