Now if you have a solid step stool or ladder, great.
If you are precariously balancing to reach things, you may want to consider the kik-step, a design classic.
Cramer began production of these in the fifties and there is a small army of kik-steps out there working hard. A stool on wheels, you can "kik" it into place, and then the wheels retract when you stand on it, making for a stable platform. They are famous for working well and lasting forever.
Built from steel and powder coated, the kik-step comes in multiple colors (check out the crazy limited edition green) or a simple silvertone finish.
The best price we found by far is from Evolutionary Office, but they are widely sold - check around.
(Re-edited from a post originally published 05.05.06)