Yesterday I was thinking about how old-school my choices are, and I was wallowing in the fabulousness of clotheslines, feather comforters, fireplaces and dirndls.
I'm glad that I have a dryer, because when I throw my dog bed through the dryer, it kills all the flea eggs. This is a good thing.
I'm glad that I live now, because when I want to wear a dirndl and a skirt to my toes, no one cares. Back in the day, fashion was more conformist.
My dishwasher - I <3 my dishwasher. And my clothes washer too.
We should be more conscious of our choices. If something in life isn't working, look at it - hey, even when things work, if you have time, take a look at them. Humans invent things endlessly, that's kind of what we do. You're a human, you can do it too!
But don't just look forward for your choices. Maybe what worked for 1000 years still works. Maybe whatever it is is best suited for a certain climate or set of conditions... so if you try it and it sucks, then go on to the next thing. Like, I am forever blinking at people doing handstands to keep the sun off their skin here in the Southwest. Um. There's a climate like that in the Middle East (SoCal is quite Israeli, from what I hear). So... why not check out what they wear? Oh, long. Loose. Light colored. Want to try that? Yeah, pretty comfy. Maybe we should do *that*.
People might have already solved the problem you're looking at... why not check out what's come before? It takes less time than coming up with something out of the blue, and you're likely to know the consequences (environmental, time and upkeep, cost, etc) of whatever it is.
For instance, I'm planning to learn how to make corsets in the new year, as my sewing skill of the year. (Learn or Die). But as I'm looking at corsets, I see that the super-waist-nipping corsets weren't always the thing, those are fairly recent. What *was* the prevailing thing was a ribcage-covering corset. So, maybe after I learn to make a corset-corset, I'll reinvent and rework stays? Because I don't always want something carving into my waist, but bras are very poorly engineered for allday, everyday wear, at least for those of us who are busty. (Divots in your body, not a good sign). But my dirndl? Soooo comfy. That tight ribcage thing takes the weight off my shoulders and distributes it across my back - giving me better posture while it's at it. Better.
I focus on clothing because I like clothing. But maybe you're into something else. Think it through. Look back, look forward, think of new ways of doing things.
(Hat Tip: Mrs. Johnson - http://thepracticalconservative.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/bring-back-actual-domestic-engineering/)