This post is sponsored by Lowe’s Canada, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Sarah Nantel
By Sarah Nantel

When we built our home almost a year ago, there was one space we literally put zero effort into: the kid’s playroom. I know that might come as surprising to those who know me well but I put so much energy into designing the rest of our home I kind of just forgot about the girl’s play space. Fortunately, I’ve partnered with Lowe’s to show you how easy it can be to organize a space in your home on a budget! Not only does Lowe's have a ton of awesome DIY supplies, but they have an incredible selection of storage solutions too.

Our basement living room is a place we like to spend our family time. We play games, watch movies and store all of the toys here. However, without an organized system, this is a recipe for disaster. Just take a look at the before photo above. There have been toys and boxes everywhere for almost a whole year. When planning out this area I wanted to maintain defined spaces for the kids and adults, but yet still keep an open concept. I really didn’t want to blend the two if I could avoid it.

The first thing on my list was finding bins or baskets to house all of the toys. I found these great storage cubes by ClosetMaid that are sturdy enough for heavy toys and stylish enough with their neutral design to work in this multipurpose room. I love how clean and tidy they look while providing so much usable storage space!

In addition to the cubes I found, I also needed a shelving system to store the bins to get them up off of the floor. I found these super sleek and minimal ClosetMaid Stackable 9-Cube Organizers that house my bins and add so much character. You can choose to leave some of the shelves open to display prized possessions or fill them all with the cubes to maximize your storage space. They are so wonderful! We also chose to hang larger toys from handy 3M Command Utility Hooks to keep the area tidy.

I have a massive collection of children’s books from years of teaching elementary school, but I have never figured out a great way to store and display them... until now. These mesh Honey Can Do File Holders add so much character and texture to the space while still making it easy to see the books inside.

My husband and I refinished an old chest that I’ve had since I was young to hold the dress up costumes and stuffed animals. All it took was a little sanding and one coat of Minwax Wood Finish Oil-Based Stain in Special Walnut! So easy and everything is now neatly tucked away! We decided to take our DIY a little farther by adding some cute Richelieu Mushroom Cabinet Knobs to the play kitchen and refreshing the gold details using a Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint. I love how it turned out! 

I’m so pleased with how this space came together and I love the fresh feeling it gives our room. Definitely check out Lowe's the next time you have a DIY or you need some help with a project. They have such a large selection of products to choose from so you too can create a pretty cool space on a budget!

About the Author

Sarah Nantel

Sarah Nantel

Sarah Nantel (@heysarahdarling) is a blogger, creator and Mom who recently built her dream home in Calgary. You can find her sharing thoughts on parenting, home décor and lifestyle on her social accounts with honestly and humour.

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