Week 17

Light Bulbs

What do you do when a light bulb burns out in your house? Do you keep spare bulbs around and quickly replace it, or do you have to make a trip to the store to purchase bulbs individually as you need them? Since many modern light fixtures have multiple bulbs, you might find yourself waiting to replace burned out bulbs until the final bulb is out and you’re sitting in the dark! If you’ve found yourself struggling to keep up with this task, I want you to focus this week on setting up a system for replacing light bulbs as they go out.

Spend 15 minutes today walking around your house and taking inventory, inspect each light fixture to see what currently needs replacing. Make a list of each bulb so you know exactly how many of each type you need. During this week, schedule time to take a trip to the store and purchase every bulb on your list. Then, replace each bulb in your home until every fixture is shining bright.

I always encourage homeowners to set up a small supply of replacement bulbs in a utility closet or the garage, if space allows. Today’s light bulbs have a much longer lifespan, so you should not need a huge supply. Simple dollar store clear bins are perfect for storing bulbs, but you should include the original cardboard packaging or use paper towels as filler to prevent breakage. If you have multiple light fixtures with various types of bulbs, I recommend having separate, labeled, bins for each type. For example, one bin for ceiling fans, table lamps, exterior lights, etc. This will help you know exactly which bulb belongs in which fixture and will help with maintaining your system.

My final tip is to get into a habit of replacing the burned out bulbs. Like any other organizational system, it will only work if you are consistent! Try to replace bulbs as soon as they burn out, and once you notice your storage bins are running low, replenish your supply on your next trip to the store or during the next big sale!

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Week 17 Lightbulbs