Unlike my old apartment, my new one has very little space in near the door for a place where I can drop my keys, phone, etc. when I get home - even a small table would be in the way. A little shelf, however, would do just fine!
With just some cardboard and push pins, I was able to whip one up that looks pretty nice.
note: I have since upgraded toCardboard Catch-all Shelf (2nd edition)
which I find to be a little prettier and this one is a little bit minimalist for me, but that's just my opinion.