I love the idea of a drop zone. My family and I are always losing our keys and wallets, having one designated place for them would be awesome. It would also keep the them off our clean counter.
I just started doing this at my house as well. This is a great idea! I just have a decorative tray set up on a table right near my front door... I drop my keys, sunglasses, and phone there when i walk in. It's not exactly hidden, but it keeps everything in one place and me from having the "Where are my keys?????" panic in the morning.