Use a towel rod on the inside of the linen closet for holding blankets. (this is a good idea for back of guest room door too so if guests need extra blankets, they are easy to find): linen closet organization idea
Ikea mudroom hack: Pax closets, ekby shelf and corbels, gerton desk top, kallax bench seat, and pjas baskets. I wonder if this will fit in the hallway or if it would take away from the entrance? Or in the spare room?