First Friday of Spring Break: Garage & Swiffers

Glorious spring break!  Here at last!

My first Friday of spring break was a busy one.  We started by tearing down the garage – it has been coming down piece by piece on its own for quite some time.  We decided to speed the process up (just) a little.

It took us about an hour to empty our very disorganized garage.  There really wasn’t all that much, but it was messy!  We put some in the house, some in the car, and the rest (non-valuables) on the back deck.  We discovered that we have enough old paint to paint the house 5 times over.

Then, some colleagues, who also happen to do great construction and roofing, came over to demolish the garage.  They tore off boards, stripping it to its frame.  Then, chopping away at the supports, they managed to flatten the garage into the yard.  I had already moved all my plants away from the garage.

The trailer set to load up the scraps. 
Here is the garage falling video. 
After it went down, all pieces were chopped down to a manageable size and loaded onto a trailer.  The trailer was taken to the dump.  The only really salvageable piece was the garage door. 
Here is the empty yard and brick foundation.  Today we get to clean bricks to reuse for a patio.  The building will go up next.  Thankfully, we have a sunny forecast for the rest of the week.  

A very confused dog.  Where did my garage go? 
After the garage came down, I headed inside to work on a few projects.  First on my list – DIY reusable Swiffer wipes.  I hate hate hate using the throwaway Swiffer items, but I really love the size and ease of the Swiffer.  So, I compromise and make my own.  
I started with an old flannel pillowcase.  I used the freebie Swiffer wipe that came with my dry mop, laid it on the fabric, and cut out a rectangle.  
I got 5, double sided pieces from one standard pillowcase.  Then, open them up, cut them apart, and iron flat.  
Sew a simple zig-zag seam around all unfinished edges to prevent too much fraying.  Some fraying will occur with use.  If you use tee shirts, there is no sewing required.  
A few other variations from top to bottom: old washcloth, washcloth with tee shirt edges, tee shirt only. They are not the neatest-looking sewing projects, but they will get thrown through the wash many many times.  


Published by Chelsea

Art teacher by day. Mother of 2 - day and night. Thrifter, crafter, artist, baker, chef, and DIYer in free time.

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