Twas the Night Before a Showing...Once Again... 2019

Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

Twas the Night Before a Showing...Once Again... 2019


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 in 2017)  Just pretend that James Earl Jones is reading the poem or maybe Sir Anthony Hopkins!


Twas the Night Before a Showing


When all through the house,

Not a Creature was stirring,

Not even a mouse.


Santa is coming


All the boxes and paint cans could be seen  everywhere

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

The Children with Oculus Quest 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 all over their yard

But the grass was so high, seeing anything was hard.

When what to their wondering eyes should appear

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


Just a little Ladystager, slightly older but 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!!!


santa departs


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



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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I LOVE it Kathy Streib. Merry Christmas to you and your family 

Dec 24, 2019 05:48 AM #5
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. So much truth in your story. The ladystager does not age! Enjoy your day!

Dec 24, 2019 05:55 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is really good and I love the animations that go along with it.  I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2019 06:00 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kathy. This is very clever and cute. I wish you and yours the best Christmas ever.

Dec 24, 2019 06:22 AM #8
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I love your poem - and of course the lady stager came to the rescue! :-)


Dec 24, 2019 06:23 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Kathy Streib - I do remember these.  Hope you and your entire family have a very festive Christmas.

Dec 24, 2019 06:52 AM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy first time I have read your poem.  Very well done and clever 

Dec 24, 2019 07:21 AM #11
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Always an enjoyable read, Kathy! Well done!

Dec 24, 2019 07:33 AM #12
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Marry Christmas Eve to You and lLarry and such a great blog as always from you!


Dec 24, 2019 07:52 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Merry Christmas, Kathy!

I did imagine James Earl Jones reading it.  We saw several plays in which he starred.  Very fun post. A

Dec 24, 2019 08:29 AM #14
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Such a fun read this morning! Merry Christmas to you and your family, especially the munchkins! Aren't you glad you don't have to travel from FL to be with them this year? What a blessing!

Dec 24, 2019 09:41 AM #15
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

I remember this. Merry Christmas to you and your family.  

Dec 24, 2019 09:59 AM #16
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

What a fun Christmas read, Kathy. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Dec 24, 2019 10:03 AM #17
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 24, 2019 10:04 AM #18
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Kathy, I love this, great job! I also like the animations used in the post. Merry Christmas.

Dec 24, 2019 07:32 PM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michael Jacobs was that a kind way of saying I'm OLD?  Just kidding!!!!! Merry Christmas. 

Merry Christmas Sham Reddy CRS Thank you, once again for stopping by. 

Nina Hollander it's getting harder and harder to tweek each year. 

Dec 24, 2019 08:12 PM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donald Urschalitz as much fun as I'm having here, I would love to be wiggling my toes in the sand. 

Loved yours too Scott Godzyk Merry Christmas. 

Dec 24, 2019 08:14 PM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Wayne Martin Thank you and hope that you'll be enjoying Christmas with the family!!!! Merry Christmas. 

Brian England I loved seeing your church today!!!! Merry Christmas!!!

Dec 24, 2019 08:15 PM #22
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

A very Merry Christmas morning to you and yours.  No need to tweak it, leave it be, it's great

Dec 25, 2019 01:35 AM #23
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

This was great Kathy.  Wishing you and Lary Happy Holidays!

Dec 25, 2019 06:07 PM #24
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