You can maybe picture the scene: I'm standing in a big cupboard in someone else's house about two feet off the floor, with one foot on a rather shoogly dehumidifier and the other sandal braced against the wall behind me. I've already tried grabbing a bar near the ceiling for some extra support but found it to be merely lying on the top shelf and not actually connected to anything. I'm trying to remove the lightbulb in order to fill the gap in the light fitting in my bedroom-for-the-week. With one hand I grasp the fitting; not too hard because I would hate to wrench the wiring out of the ceiling. My right hand reaches for the bulb - its a curly one and hard to grasp delicately. I struggle to twist it out. Maybe its not a bayonet, so I try to unscrew it. Its hard to tell which fitting it is and so I keep experimenting in the dark. Until I squeeze too hard, smash the bulb, cut my finger, and fall down with one foot landing in a box of soap powder. This wasn't the plan!
Was I trying to do a job i was unsuited for - did I need more slender fingers or a more delicate touch? Should I have put in more planning, got a stool and a torch to get close and see what the problem was? Maybe I could have found an unemployed bulb elsewhere. I'm guessing as you read this you may well be thinking about which different line you would have taken. Is there a best way - possibly. Probably. But there might be several best ways depending on who we are an what suits us best; in the same way that there is not one cure-all midge repellent because different concoctions work for differently smelling people, so too there is more than one way to skin a cat or remove a bulb.
Next time I will pick my method a little more carefully to suit the skills and strengths that I have!