Most of our comings and goings is through the garage, which leads into the laundry/mud room. Because it's already a dumping ground for coats and backpacks and dirty shoes, I put some semblance of a school center together. The kids each have hooks and files for their belongings. I used a piece of plywood to make a chalkboard and Mr. Hawthorne put it up for me this morning. Yay!