Home is a 642 square foot, 2 bedroom condo. I've packed a lot of functionality into that space. Helping me do that is a $4 wooden shutter complete with chipped and peeling green paint. With the addition of several S hooks it has become command central in our "entry". It holds our keys and sunglasses for quick dashes out the door in the morning. It also provides neat and convenient display space for the cards we get.
Just below the shutter sits a basket now awaiting its yearly fill of assorted mittens, gloves, scarves, and hats. I'm currently in denial winter is imminent. Therefore, this task will wait as long as possible perhaps until December. On the adjacent wall hangs 3 giant double hooks. This is the perfect amount of space to have an assortment of coats and bags at the ready.
The key to living in a smaller space is keeping the necessities from appearing to be clutter. Thankfully flea markets, consignment shops, and thrift stores provide an ever changing array of possibilites to do this in a funky and delightful way. Keep your eyes open. Nothing has to remain as it first appears.