front entry way
On the door opening to the living room the previous owners had a child-height set of hooks. Kids coats go there. Adult coats go on the hooks here, unless the hooks get full in which case we move stuff down to the set of hooks we hung up in the basement. This area is really for stuff we wear every day.
Bins on shelf are for dry stuff: left = adult mittens, gloves
middle = adult hats and scarves
right = kids outdoor stuff
Boots go under shelf.
We have a large, commercial type indoor waterproof mat from home depot (20 bucks) covering the wooden floor in the entryway. LLBean sells similar stuff.
Inside the interior door is another rug to catch drips. Behind the interior door is one of these.
It stores slippers and indoor shoes when we are outside and serves as a dryer for mittens, hats and scarves when we come in. I don't love that it is in the living room, but what are you going to do.
In the kitchen
we have a glass sliding door that is the back door. We send the kids out the back door and to accomodate their comings and goings have a winter set up there. -- We put a boot tray under the dog's water dish and put any dripping wet boots there or move them to the front entryway. We have the same rug in there (which you can see in the pic). In the kitchen near the back door we also keep a basket for misc. mittens.
Please disregard the cluttered look of my "pantry" space. It's a work in progress, as is the rest of my house right now.
I'm not sure if you can see it, but in the kitchen just to the right of the slider we have a coat rack that can accommodate 2-3 jackets. We don't keep a lot there, but it beats the pants off of having misc. jackets strewn across the kitchen.
I tend to buy my kids stuff at yard sales in the summer, so I always have at least an extra set of mittens and whatnot. And we do a lot of outdoor sports, so we have hard-core mittens to wear for xc skiing, etc and then we have the mittens that the kids wear to school (and are ok for getting lost or misplaced). So we have duplicates should something be wet.
Summer set up: most of the waterproof stuff is replaced by cotton rugs for catching dirt and only one bin remains for outdoor hats.A note to the nosey people (like myself). My house is a pit in many of the pics on my flickr page. My children are happy, healthy and have been well-cared for by my SAH dh, who is a terrible housekeeper.