First Impressions

What's the first thing you see when you walk through your front door? Is it a welcoming sight? Or a jumble of unopened mail and things waiting to be put away? I'm a combination of OCD and forgetful, so I need my landing strip to serve two functions: remind me to take certain things with me as I walk out, and be an orderly place to drop things off when I get home. I never have to look for my keys or scarves because they're always in the same place. I also like to take my shoes off when I come home, so I keep a stool by the front door. During the winter, the basket contains a variety of knit hats and gloves. With the early arrival of Spring in Portland, I recently swapped out all that stuff for beach towels, pareos, and swim goggles. How do you keep your landing strip organized?