I have complained before about a lack of closet space and this is the area that bothers me the most–no front hall cupboard. Until such a time when we can make the back room our mud room, (likely1-2 years from now) our front door remains the main entrance. As much as we tried to make neat piles of shoes (and G even banished a few pairs of mine to the basement!!!!) this always looked like a cluttered area and it made me nuts. One quick trip to Costco and problem solved:
Granted a shoe rack in the dining room isn’t exactly a high point for design, but at least it’s cute and tidy.