Although we still have lots of things we'd like to change about the new place, we're pretty happy with the functionality of our landing strip....We bought 2 hooks from target and positioned the sideboard from Ikea right next to the door. When we come in, the purse and jacket go on the hooks and the keys and mail onto the cake stand. Anything we don't want to forget when we leave also goes on the cakestand, like things we want to mail and things we've borrowed that we want to remember to return. It's simple and it works. Things don't end up all over the dining room table or my desk or the floor. And we're big lovers of cake stands so this gives us a reason to use one every day.