Simple & Fresh – Let’s Declutter!

We all have stuff. Stuff we don’t use; stuff we don’t need and stuff we didn’t even know we had!

We’ve all seen the shows on Tv where professionals come in and remove all the “stuff clutter” from your home. Some gets donated, some gets sold and some of it even gets thrown away.


BUT the question is HOW? How do I declutter my home on my own?

To answer that question we went on a search for the best tips and tricks on how to declutter room by room and it may be easier than you think.

First, lets define clutter. Clutter is anything you keep around your house that’s doesn’t add value to your life. Decluttering is about making room for things that do matter!

Step 1 – Set Goals!
Before you get started, make a plan. No matter how many rooms or how much clutter you have to get through, starting with specific goals will help you create a plan that will reduce any frustration as you go.

Step 2 – The 4 Bin Rule!

Put it Away – If it’s in the kitchen and should be in the closet put it away!

Recycle– Paper, Plastic and Glass. Don’t forget old electronics can be dropped at electronic depots!

Trash-Garbage is garbage.

Donate– if it is in good condition and could be used but not by you, pass it on.

Now that we have the basics down let’s add some quick and easy tips for each room to get us started on our way to a clutter free life! Get those bins ready!

Step 3 – Do It Room by Room!

Lets start with the medicine cabinet- discard any old makeup; medicine and skincare products. Everything you decide to keep put back in. Move on to drawers keeping anything you use most often in the top ones. This goes for the shower/ tub area and under the sink.

Bedrooms can quickly and easily become the dumping ground for things that do not have a place in you home. Take everything out of the drawers, off shelfs and ask yourself the following questions about each item:
1. Does it belong in the bedroom?
2. Have you used it in the last year?
Did you answer, “No,” to either of those questions? If so, then put it in your “Donate It” bin or move it to the room where it belongs. Resist the urge to shove things back in drawers that don’t belong there.

We spend a lot time in the Kitchen cooking, entertaining and eating so this space can be a challenge. Start by decluttering one section of your kitchen at a time to avoid a potentially bigger mess. Assigning zones can also help you improve the organization of your kitchen things.

The first step is to empty one zone at a time and assess each item (remember the Four Bin Rule). When getting to the counter tops try and clear as many items as possible and into their respective spaces. Keep only what you use every day on your countertops.

Living Room:
Living rooms get A LOT of use. This makes it one of the hardest rooms in the house to keep tidy everyday. It doesn’t typically provide a lot of storage other that a Tv stand or a shelf or two. This space will require decluttering on a regular basis.

First things first, determine what will be your permanent storage for commonly used items like magazines and remotes.

Start the decluttering process with any bookcases, end tables and TV stands. Empty these places and put things in their proper home. If you have those cozy couch blankets, create a space for them by using an old wooden crate as a blanket box. This keeps them off your couch and instantly cleans thing up.
Remove any and all electronics that are not hooked up to your TV! Store chargers and gaming equipment where you use it.

Kids toys- remember the Four Bin Rule and assess. Do they work? Are they being used? Do they belong here?

Overall decluttering your home is doable! Start small, one room at a time and by implementing these tips you will be on your way to a clutter free home!

Happy decluttering!

Updating Your Home Without Breaking the Bank!

Is your home in need of a facelift but you don’t want to break the bank or maybe you aren’t up for the stress and mess of a renovation? Well good news is there are many ways to update your home without having to worry about either of those!

The Entry Way:

First impressions really do matter!

The entrance way is the first thing you and your guests see when approaching your home. You can dramatically change the look and curb appeal of your home or entry way just by changing the front door! Don’t worry if it’s not in your budget because you can always PAINT it! Try a bold new colour, change the house numbers, or add some outdoor lighting.

The Kitchen:

We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, not only cooking but gathering with friends and family so it’s important to love that space! Below are a few budget friendly updates to give the kitchen a refresher.

Update The Backsplash:
Updating your backsplash can be easy not only physically but on the pocketbook as well. Go simple with paint or wallpaper. Use inexpensive tin ceiling tiles, or shiplap, stainless steel, magnetic or chalkboard paint!

Replace Cabinet Hardware:
Replacing cabinet hardware is an inexpensive and easy update. For an even more budget friendly update try painting the ones you already have!

Paint Your Cabinets:
If your cabinets need more of a facelift, guess what you can paint those too! When done right it will look like a brand-new kitchen and could add value to your home.

The Living Room:

Crown Moulding:
Add an architectural visual with trim and crown moulding to your living room or any room for that matter. Trim and mouldings (especially crown moulding) have a great way of making your home look upgraded.

Swap out your artwork or create some new ones by framing left over swatches of fabric or wallpaper.

Move your furniture around or add new lighting to brighten and change the mood of the room.

The Bathroom:

Change up the Vanity Area:
Spruce up your bathroom by changing out the faucets (and guess what…you could paint those too!) , adding a frame to a frameless mirror or framing out a builders tub to give it a more luxurious look.

All Over the House:
Last but not nearly least don’t be afraid to illuminate your space. Adding new light fixtures to any space can certainly change the look and feel of the entire room without doing anything else. Go big and bold or small and simple.

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In addition to the above here are some other quick updates you can do without breaking the bank!

  • Painting an old vinyl floor…yup it can be done!
  • Painting walls of course.
  • Did you know decluttering is one of the best ways to give your home a facelift?!
  • Repurpose something you already have by splashing some paint on it or use it in a different way!
  • Add some bold patterns to items using painters tape and let your imagination run wild.
  • Change out that old plain shower curtain from something fun.
  • Change the light bulbs! Changing the amount of light in a room can make it brighter and more open or cozy and dramatic.

Be creative and have some fun while NOT breaking the bank!

Lightovation Wrap-Up – Dallas Market

And just like that we are back from market! It was an exciting week of meeting customers, showing new products and getting to live the Z-Life. We had a great time debuting our new product line as well as catching up with our clients and sales team. Check out some of the highlights below!

Lightovation is just as much a family celebration as it is a business celebration. At Z-Lite we prize the family values that have rooted themselves deeply into our business culture. It takes a lot of people to make our show go off with a hitch. We would like to take a moment to thank each and every team member who made our show such a success. Without all of you Z-Lite would not be the company it is today!

“What a great start to the year! Z-Lite had an exciting market full of new product releases for 2018! It was absolutely wonderful to see all of our customers and sales reps from across the country. A big thank you to the whole Z-Lite team and the Sales Reps for their continuous hard work! We are all looking forward to another successful year!” -Stephanie Antonissen, Executive Administration

“Kudos to our amazing sales team! I am always so impressed with how diligent and considerate our amazing reps are. It is always such a pleasure getting to work with them during Lightovation.” – Laura McSloy, General Manager of Operations

Stephanie & Laura pose at the show for a quick smile!

A special thank you to Timm Stumm for putting the hard work in to design our beautiful showroom. Without your incredible hard work and determination to make our showroom standout we could not have had the successful show we did! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Of course, new product is one of the most fun and exciting parts of coming to Lightovation. From getting to see everyone else’s new and inspired designs and getting to show off our own, it certainly is an exciting time! Some of our fan favourites include:

Bold geometric shapes nested within themselves inspire the modern design of the Euclid collection. Uniquely layered parallelograms and cubes, encapsulate the inner candelabra. Unique dual finishes of Chrome meshed with Black, or Olde Brass meshed with Bronze complete this stunning collection.


Sleek and contemporary describe the Luttrell collection of outdoor fixtures. It’s minimalistic inspired, duel rectangular design shows that less is indeed sometimes more, finishes include Silver or Black. All fixtures include the latest in long life LED energy saving technology.


A Special Note from our President, Scott Zimmer…

“I just wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of our customers, sales reps and team for making our 2018 January debut such a tremendous success. It is because of your support that we are able to continue to bring you the best and brightest the lighting industry has to offer.”

Scott Zimmer, President Z-Lite

Holiday Gift Guide for Homeowners

It’s that time of year again and we know it can be tricky finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, so we compiled a handy guide to help you find that perfect something for just about anyone! While this list is focused on the homeowner, we show some love to renters as well!

Before we begin, there are a few things you should consider before purchasing any gifts:

  • How well do you know this person? If you’re purchasing a gift for someone, you should always consider your relationship. You wouldn’t buy a Rolex for a casual acquaintance, just like you probably wouldn’t get your best friend socks. You want the gift to be appropriate for your relationship – don’t make it awkward!
  • How much money are you comfortable spending? Don’t go overbudget because you feel obligated. If you’re on a tight budget, consider a DIY gift – there are tons of creative ideas that don’t cost an arm and a leg – don’t worry, everyone will understand (and if they don’t, you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life).

The New Homeowner

Perhaps you have someone who has recently purchased a new home on your list – if you plan to buy them a gift, consider the following:

Budget-Friendly Option: Scented Candle or Picture Frame

If you’re on a tight budget, or perhaps you’re not BFFs with the recipient – scented candles are an excellent gift. They add ambience to any space and they don’t feel particularly impersonal. When in doubt, go with vanilla – it’s a well-liked scent that doesn’t overwhelm.

Modest Budget Option: Towels or Small Appliance

A good set of towels are always appreciated! If you aren’t sure of their colour scheme, buy the set in a neutral colour like white, beige or grey. If you want to purchase a small appliance (eg. Blender) – be sure they don’t already own it and that it will be used, otherwise it will take up valuable space in their new home.

Big Spender Option: Smart Home items

Smart homes are the newest, coolest thing in home technology. If they are environmentally conscious – consider a smart thermostat or smart plugs and light bulbs. This will help them optimize the energy they use and also save them money – it’s a gift that keeps on giving! If they like having the newest tech, – the number of features is bound to please anyone!

The DIYer

Everyone has that friend who spends hours browsing through Pinterest to find that next awesome DIY project. The DIYer enjoys creating things or making things new again, so if you’re really looking to impress with a gift – keep that in mind.

Budget-Friendly Option: Gift Card

While many think a gift card lacks thought, it can be the perfect solution, especially when someone is hard to buy for. For the DIYer, they will appreciate a gift card to a store where they can purchase products for their next project. Plus, you can get a gift card in any denomination, so it’s easy for this to be budget-friendly or a little more spendy – if you so choose.

Modest Budget Option: Crafting Supplies or Tools

If you know the types of crafts or projects this person takes on, consider buying them equipment that either improves their current equipment or something the don’t already have. This could range from toolsets, scrapbooking supplies, sewing supplies, etc. The list is endless – just make sure you buy equipment that will be useful to them.

Big Spender Option: Crafting/Building Equipment

Similar to the above – supplies can range from inexpensive to pricy. If you’re looking to really impress, consider purchasing a new sewing machine or a quality tool set. Quality equipment really makes a world of difference.

The Renter

While renting definitely has some upsides, it can be difficult to make a rental feel like home when you are limited in the things you can change. When purchasing a gift for a renter, be sure to keep in mind most rentals have rules on what can and can’t be done.

Budget-Friendly Option: Accent Pieces

Since most rentals don’t appreciate you painting or putting holes in walls – consider purchasing your giftee some accent pieces such as a nice Z-Lite lamp, throw pillows, blankets, picture frames, vases, etc. If you aren’t too sure of their décor style, keep things simple and pick solid colours you know they’ll like. In most rentals, walls are white or beige, so any pops of colour will be appreciated. It’s best to avoid buying art work, as most people are very specific with their tastes, so unless you know what they like, it’s best to keep things simple.

Modest Budget Option: Small Appliances

While counter space is generally minimal in rental units, small appliances can still be appreciated. Consider things like blenders, hand mixers or the super popular crock pot – which have a lot of functions and don’t take up a lot of space. Alternatively, you could purchase them new drinkware or dishes.

Big Spender Option: Counter-top dishwasher

Many rentals don’t have dishwashers, due to space restrictions and increase in utilities. If the renter you’re purchasing for doesn’t have a dishwasher, consider purchasing a counter top dishwasher. They are meant for small loads and can be fairly energy efficient if they pay their own utilities. While they do take up space on a counter – it’s worth not having to touch gross dish water anymore! If they already have a dishwasher, consider a gift card for a home décor store. This way, they can pick out something that fits them perfectly.

We hope these suggestions help you find the perfect gift – maybe even a gift for yourself!

Happy Holidays,

Z-Lite Inc.

History of Illumination – The Origin of the Edison Bulb

The modern Edison bulbs are seen as a cool way to add some vintage style to your home, but did you know they revolutionized the industry? Given the resurgence in popularity, we decided to share the history of the Edison bulb and see why one of the most innovative products has stood the test of time.

An Early History of Illumination

At one time, our only source of illumination was fire and light provided from the sun and moon.  Then, in 1790 England, gas lighting became popular. However, it proved to be unstable and dangerous, as many theatres and homes perished in fire. In 1809, electric arc lighting was invented, which, while safer than gas, was proven to be too bright for small areas. There had to be a better way…

Thomas Edison

1880 – enter Thomas Edison, and the first commercially sustainable incandescent light bulb, AKA, The Edison Bulb.

Original carbon-filament bulb from Thomas Edison.(

Born in 1847, an inventor at heart , Thomas Edison took on jobs as a telegrapher and a newspaper carrier to supplement his passion. This allowed him to seek out ways to better do “things”. He credits his mother stating “My mother is the making of me. She understands me; she let me follow my bent” (Jack, 2017).  At the time of his death in 1931 Edison held 1093 US patents and an additional 1139 worldwide.

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On July 24, 1874, a Canadian patent was filed by a medical electrician named Henry Woodward and a colleague Mathew Evans.  In 1879, after unsuccessfully attempting to commercialize their bulb, they sold their patent to Edison (Wikipedia, 2017).

In 1879, Edison filed another U.S. patent for an electric lamp using a carbon filament or strip coiled. Although the patent described several ways of creating the carbon filament, it was not until several months after the patent was granted that Edison and his team discovered that a carbonized bamboo filament could last over 1200 hours. This discovery marked the beginning of commercially manufactured light bulbs and in 1880, Thomas Edison’s company, Edison Electric Light Company began marketing its new product.

History at a Glance

  • 1906 – The General Electric Company were the first to patent a method of making tungsten filaments for use in incandescent light bulbs. Edison knew tungsten would prove to be the best choice for filaments, however, the machinery needed to produce the wire in such a fine form was not available at the time.
  • 1910 – William David Coolidge of General Electric improved the process of making tungsten filaments.
  • 1920s – The first frosted light bulb is produced.
  • 1930s – The flash bulbs for photography were invented. The fluorescent tanning lamp was also invented.
  • 1940s – The first ‘soft light’ incandescent bulbs were produced.
  • 1950s – Quartz glass and halogen light bulb are produced.
  • 1980s – New low wattage metal halides are created.
  • 1990s – Long life bulbs and compact fluorescent bulbs make their debut.

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The future of the Edison bulb was “dim”, as modern incandescent bulbs are not energy efficient. The Edison bulb converts less than 10% of electricity supplied into light – the rest is expelled as heat. However, these inefficient light bulbs are still sought after today and have been revolutionized with modern LED technology. Edison-style bulbs are created in a more efficient way to allow customers to have both a stylish and efficient bulb.

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