2. Consider candlelight as an alternative form of lighting. Often when the King and I are watching Downtown Abbey re-runs or (our secret vice) Traffic Cops, we find that complete darkness causes eye-strain. A candle stuck in a bottle (1970s restaurant-style) provides enough light without requiring additional electricity. I also write my journal in bed by candlelight but can only manage this because the King reads next to me by desk-lamp. Blowing the candle out last thing is a nice Wrong Era bedtime ritual.
3. Drastically reduce the number of things you own. My dear friend Cagey wonders how I can still be de-cluttering after all this time. All the time I've known her, I've been trying to get rid of stuff on Ebay, freecycle etc. and yet my cupboards, drawers and shelves are hardly bare. Remembering that households in the past were not swamped by possessions but treasured their few books, mementos and hand-me-downs, I have traded in nearly 30 books on Zapper and Amazon this weekend. My next step is to box up between 50 and 75% of my personal possessions, store them in the King's workshop and see how much I miss them. If I haven't opened the boxes in six months it's probably safe to say I don't need the stuff.
4. Go on foot to the shops. This makes shopping less of an outing or a habit, and reduces the amount of things you purchase, since you will have to carry them home. You are more likely to stick to your list and not wander aimlessly around spending money. The walk into town is a bit of exercise and provides you with time to chat and answer questions like " You know children often are like their mummies and daddies? If I have a little baby boy, when I am a man, will he suck his fingers like me?"