I don't know how I forgot to share this. I had meant to post it ages ago and then it kept get putting pushed aside until I just forgot about it. And i know I've used the after picture, but I don't think I've posted about how it began.
Our front entry always looked like this.... In fact sometimes, it looked worse.
I never could figure out how in a house of five people there are 40 pair of shoes and 15 coats. I didn't even think that we owned that many shoes... and everything kept getting thrown on the same 5 hooks and the kids couldn't reach the coat rack, so their solution was to just chuck everything on the floor...so all we did when we came in the door was trip over the mountain of stuff on the floor.
My solution was to pull everything down from the wall and start over, but I needed an inexpensive solution.
I screwed (2) 1 x 4's into the studs, painted the whole thing white, and then screwed in some vintage school house coat hooks I had found on Ebay for a few dollars each. The entire project was under $25.
The nice thing is now everyone has their own coat hook and a place to put their backpacks. While 50% of the time it still ends up on the floor, at least now it has a place. :)