Twas The Night Before a Showing...Once Again

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Twas the Night Before a Showing...Once Again


This was something I began on a whim back in 2010 and have tried to tweak it each year. (however, I must have been MIA last year)


Twas the Night Before a Showing


When all through the house,

Not a Creature was stirring,

Not even a mouse.


All the boxes and paint cans could be seen  everywhere

But in only a few hours, the Buyers soon would be there.



The Children with Beats headphones planted firmly on their heads

Had visions of their new home dancing round in their heads.

Not so with their parents who were beginning to wonder
Had they just made a serious Home Staging blunder?


When out in the driveway there arose such a clatter,

They looked out their dirty windows to see what was the matter.

Tripping over the clutter, hurrying past the paint cans,

They raced out the door….down the sidewalk they ran.

The moonlight shone brightly on their front yard and driveway,

But there was nothing to see but tall grass-like hay.

When what to their wondering eyes should appear

But Room Service! Home Staging.  "I’m  here, have no fear!"


Just a little Lady stager, still  lively and quick,

“Let’s get this house moving! Get that broom...make it quick.”

More rapid than arrows her orders came out,

As she gestured and shouted so there would be no doubt:


Come Swiffer and dust rag! Put extras away!

Clean the counters and’s the Roomba, make way!

     To the Top of the Porch

To the Top of the Wall

Now Dirt Away, Clutter Away,

Get rid of it all!!!


Christmas 2018


Wishing you a Safe, Joyful, Love-filled and Merry Christmas.



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Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Somehow I have missed this before now or else I forget.  Merry Christmas.  

Dec 24, 2018 07:48 AM #12
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Room Service! Home Staging.  "I’m  here, have no fear!"

Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2018 08:24 AM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Kathy, for adding smiles to our faces.

Related image

Dec 24, 2018 09:26 AM #14
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Oh boy Kathy Streib you scare me with all those "orders." But what about all that hay?

I hope your Christmas is everything you want it to be.

Merry Christmas/

Bill Roberts

Dec 24, 2018 09:50 AM #15
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Gotta love your creative words, Kathy!  I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

Dec 24, 2018 10:27 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Wayne Martin Hope that you are ready for a fun Christmas.

Donald Urschalitz I wish you the merriest of Christmases and a fantastic New Year!

Dec 24, 2018 11:09 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Merry Christmas Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Hope your day is a special one. 

Why thank you Brian England !!   Merry Christmas. 

Barbara Todaro I'll bet your family is looking forward to all of your goodies. 

Dec 24, 2018 11:17 AM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Gita Bantwal And Merry Christmas to you and your family too. 

Gabe Sanders a perfect ending! Thank you!

Michael Jacobs Just a little tweaking. 

Dec 24, 2018 11:19 AM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Grant Schneider it's fun recycling older posts and tweaking them. 

Thank you Joan Cox Have a very Merry Christmas. 

Hi Joe Pryor wishing you, Charlene and Henri a very Merry Christmas.

Dec 24, 2018 11:23 AM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Merry Christmas Sharon Lee Glad all is well with you. 

Carol Williams Have a very Merry Christmas. 

Roy Kelley Merry Christmas to you and Dolores.


Dec 24, 2018 11:25 AM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Bill Roberts Hope you have a Very Merry Christmas. 

Myrl Jeffcoat Hope that you have a very Merry Christmas!!! Enjoy your family.

Dec 24, 2018 11:27 AM #22
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You keep outdoing yourself.  I loved it and congratulations on an outstanding take on this poem.  A

Dec 24, 2018 12:05 PM #23
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, I love this rendition, Kathy! GREAT job and I can't think of any way to tweak it to make it any better next year! 

Merry Christmas, Kathy & Larry

Dec 24, 2018 07:53 PM #24
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy love the poem, very very clever.  Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2018 08:08 PM #25
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

No tweaks please.  Keep it as is, this should be posted every year.  

Dec 25, 2018 02:37 AM #26
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

That's a cute Christmas poem, and of COURSE the lady stager saved the day!

Dec 29, 2018 03:10 AM #27
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Adorable Kathy. Glad Carol featured it in her weekly favs. It should become an annual tradition. D 

Dec 29, 2018 07:07 AM #28
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Love it, Kathy! You are so creative, in your work AND your writing!!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday week. Happy New Year!


Dec 29, 2018 09:40 AM #29
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Adorable Kathy Streib Lookout it is the Roomba -love it -so glad Carol Williams put it in SCS as I missed this

Happy New Year 

Dec 29, 2018 11:52 AM #30
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kathy Streib,

I'm so glad that Carol Williams featured your post in her Second Chance Saturday series! I think all our efforts have perfected your post and no more changes are necessary! Very creative take on a poem everyone remembers..I'm with Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD it should be an annual tradition.

Dec 30, 2018 04:21 AM #31
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