For starters, I prefer lamp light to overhead lighting. In the mornings, one of the first things I do is open the blinds and turn on some lamps around the house. To me, it's much cozier than harsh overhead lighting.
A few years ago, I found these cool on/off switches at Wal-Mart and they have really made my life easier.
You can find these switches in the nightlight/extension cord section at WM. I think they are around 3 bucks.
Since I'm vertically challenged (5'2" on a good day), it's nice to run an extension cord from my hard to reach lighting to a switch at the outlet.
No need for a stool to reach these lights!
Two lamps, one switch!
I have these two lamps connected with an extension cord and then plugged into one switch. With a flip of the switch, they both turn on or off! Easy does it!