January is National Organization Month and also National Hobby Month, so I thought, why not combine the two and find out what the latest fads in cleaning and organization have been throughout the past century. This is part 5 and we'll be looking at the the WWII Era, for part 1 covering the turn of the century click here , for part 2 covering 1911-1920 click here, for part 3 about 1921-1930 here, or for part 4 discussing 1931-1940 click here.
World War II swept the United State radically changed the role of women, they were no longer primarily homemakers with the occasional job outside of the house. Now they were their own breed of freedom fighters, saving the world by working in factories, growing victory gardens and patching old garments. Yet another way that women in WWII were expected to rise to the call of duty was through caring for their own sick. Today we will be revisiting a later issue of the Cornell Bulletin for Homemakers entitled "Home Care of The Sick" published in 1943.
HOME CARE OF THE SICK
The sickroom should be kept neat at all times, with the dresser drawers and closet doors closed; window shades straigth and even; blankets folded and put away when not in use; soiled drinking glasses, used tissues , and the like removed; and medicines out of sight, in the dresser drawer.
One must, however, guard against insisting on order to such an extent that the patient feels that he must lie absolutely still in bed to avoid disarraying the covers, or that he cannot have newspapers, magazines, or recreational materials on hand to use as his illness permits.
The room should be cleaned once a day, preferably immediately after the bath and after the bed has been changed in the morning. Rugs may be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner or carpet sweeper. Wooden floors may be cleaned with oiled mops. Dust cloths, a fresh one every day, should be oiled, or moistened with water.
If the floor is covered from wall to wall by matting or carpet and if the absence of electricity makes the use of a vacuum cleaner impossible, the carpet will have to be swept with a broom in the following way: First soak several newspapers in water, wring them out very dry, tear them in small pieces, and sprinkle them over the carpet. After about five minutes sweep the floor: little dust will be raised.
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