In our home as you come in the front door there is the stairs and an entrance to the sitting room, but no hall area to speak off.
So we try to make the most of a compact area. I want the boys to make sure that they hang up their coats and put their gloves and hats away, so it was important to have low hooks to make it easy for them and the basket means they can just pop them in. If their gloves and hats are wet then they leave them on the radiator.
They also come in and put their school shoes in the cabinet. or again if they are wet, they pop them under the radiator.
When MadDad gets home from work he always empties the pockets from his suit, so having a basket makes sense for him. He uses it for his phone, keys, wallet etc.
It doesn't always look tidy, this is what it looked like last night after getting home from school