When you walk into our house, you pass through a small entry way/laundry area into our kitchen and dining room. Immediately to the left is the dumping ground:
This is the countertop that is part of the "island" of our kitchen, though it's more like a peninsula since it's attached. This is the space where things get put as you come into the house that you need to put down immediately- bags, mail, groceries, anything you don't know what else to do with it. It is located halfway between the front door and the sliding back door so it gets stuff from both directions, and it is not limited to the counter. The floor directly under the counter and the stool also take part. It drives me crazy.
I want one of those beautiful mud rooms that they show in Better Homes and Gardens magazine that are larger than my living room and have cubbies, closets, and hooks for everything. All decked out in perfect cottage style, of course. But until I become a multi-millionaire I guess I'm going to have to try and find another solution.
Do you have a dumping ground in your house?