When I was little and my parents planned and built our house, I was pretty sure my mom coined the term mudroom. (After all, they called one of our rooms a "frog"). Of course it turns out the idea and name predate her, but my thinking back then was that she came up with it in response to my brother's and my messiness; thanks to our rural location the name was pretty accurate.
Mudrooms are secondary entrances aimed at keeping dirt and water out of the house. (The one in the house I grew up in is between the garage and the kitchen.) They're there for utility, but these examples show you can always accomplish that goal stylishly. Just look at those yellow hooks in the first image and hardworking slate floor in the second.
Even if you don't technically have a mudroom, the principles for organization apply for any main entryway, multipurpose laundry room, or, for many renters, whatever wall is nearest the front door. Hooks, catch-alls, and shoe storage are key, and choosing ones in interesting colors and textures will make these functional items more fun.
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(Images: 1. Real Simple 2. HGTV 2011 Dream Home 3. via A Mad Tea Party with Alis 4. Sunset 5. Better Homes and Gardens via Centsational Girl 6. Liz Caan Interiors via Decorpad 7. via Habitually Chic 8. Elizabeth Dinkle via Haus and Home 9. Martha's Vineyard Magazine 10. Mini Manor for Apartment Therapy)