I like this laundry closet idea. In the morning the kids bring down their dirty clothes, and after school they take their basket upstairs. If it isn't brought down in the am, mom doesn't do their laundry!
Crates and Baskets Entry Storage Shelf - Good tips: baskets off the floor, dripping mat for shoes, a clock in the entryway. Love that home made beach peg too. Would put a little basket on the crates for keys, sunglasses, phones etc.