Closets and Armoires
If you have a coat closet there are ways to make the most of it.
- Install hooks on the inside of the door for hanging bags or scarves.
- If it has a shelf fill it with baskets designated for each member of the household (and label them). People can use them for storing gloves, scarves, or whatever else they frequently use.
Chest of Drawers
A chest of drawers is a great piece of furniture to have in a foyer if you've got the room. Again, put baskets or dividers in the drawers for each family member to use. It will keep the drawers from becoming a jumbled mess of bags and accessories.
Hooks and Coat Racks
If space permits a coat rack can be a simple solution for placing coats, bags and scarves. If not, try hanging a series of hooks along the wall for hanging coats and bags. Make sure you've got enough to accommodate as many items as you regularly use. There's nothing worse than piling so many coats on top of each other that they keep falling off and onto the floor.
A bench that has storage inside of it is a great piece for a foyer. People can sit on it when putting on their shoes, and lots of items can be stored inside. They're really great for hiding dirty shoes and boots.
If there's really no space to put any kind of furniture consider installing some shelves on the wall. Again, use baskets to keep everything organized. The great thing about this system is that you can build vertically and use the upper part of the wall as well as the lower.