Basically, the entry way is separated from the rest of the living quarters by a large stairwell then the back of the fireplace. It became a bit of a dumping ground and when most of my yarn got moved to the basement, I put one of the cabinets in the entryway so that I could keep some of my projects closer. But there... I still ended up using the space as a dumping ground for new yarn purchases, leftover bits and pieces from finished projects and a ton of my bits of knitting tools and extra bags.
This bench is directly in front of the front door when it's opened. It was intended to be helpful when taking off one's shoes when entering the house. Only, the people who need a bench to take our shoes off (J & I) - we enter through the garage. The people entering through this door is young enough and agile enough to not need a bench. Hence - dumping ground.
I'm probably even slightly more embarrassed about the state of 'my knitting project' shelves... this photo didn't get taken until after I'd already made two trips to the basement. This is the spot that would get hidden to outsiders by the door when it's opened.
Most of the clutter has found it's home in the basement, the cabinet is in the basement... and the bench has been moved to the corner... if it's going to collect clutter at least it will be hidden by the door.
New entry way:
Original plan was to buy a new, small statement piece for this spot that I could use for decor (and for stashing stuff out of view)... but with the new plans to sell this house, we won't be buying any additional furniture.
And behind the door:
Again, if we were staying, I'd probably get an old refinished door and attach shelving and hooks and attach it to this bench to make a statement here as well.. but for now, this looks clean/uncluttered and ready for a new home buyer. And in the meantime? It's more useful for us as well as I've always disliked having backpacks, notebooks, etc all visible when the door is opened. If the backpacks land here? They are at least out of sight for the casual neighbor stopping by.