A landing pad is the place where you can come into your home and drop your stuff. This is where you always keep your purse, fanny pack or wallet. Your cell phone plugs in, your keys hung up, and your pockets get emptied all while standing in the same place. Having a designated landing pad area is very important for crating new organizing habits. It is much easier to always put your keys on a hook if you can drop all the other things that are in our hands first.
(10-Minute Tidy: 108 Ways to Organize Your Home Quickly; Getting Started, pg. 8)