Here's a great article about mud rooms. We don't call them mud rooms in the Carolinas because we don't need a lot of heavy coats or boots. These rooms are drop zones in Charlotte. Great places to stow book bags and sporting gear.
Drop off station - Purse, keys, charging, computers, mail/magazines, shopping bag storage... Don't forget a flat surface to temporarily hold grocery bags, shoe storage, and a place to sit to remove shoes!