'Twas The Night Before Staging

Home Stager with Dezigner Digz


 ‘Twas the night before staging and all through my head,

danced visions of accessories in my favourite red.

The only one awake, just me and my notions,

whirling round my head, stirring up emotions.

If only I could sleep, for the alarm will soon ring.

But I'm wondering what tomorrow will bring.

On staging eve, a sleepless night.

I want to make sure the job's done just right.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

 The alarm goes off, now staging day is here.

Will I be too tired? Of course not - never fear.

The weather man threatened to dump lots of snow.

Looking out the window, we're good to go.

I laugh at his prediction, clearly it was a guess.

I'm glad he was mistaken, winter staging is a mess.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The van is now packed, it's jammed to capacity,

We're ready to roll with a ton of alacrity.

Arriving at our project, full of vim and vigour,

It's time to unload, now it's snowing - that figures.

There's nothing we can do, the weather we can't fix.

So we throw a few snowballs first, just for kicks.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

 We let ourselves into the house and stand still,

Thinking of how we'll transform it, oh yes we will.

Oh the glamour of staging, but only on the telly.

They don't show you the bad, the ugly and smelly.

We start working our magic, the house is looking great,

When what do I hear - the snowplow - it's fate!

He drives up the street, a sick grin on his face,

Getting jollies from this turmoil, what a disgrace.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

For what are we left with at the bottom of the drive?

Two feet of snow to be shovelled by five.

For that's when we'll finish and be ready to go.

But the work won't be done ‘til we dig out the snow.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

 Dragging ourselves home at the end of the day,

Exhausted, but we wouldn't have it any other way.

For doing what you love and getting paid for it too,

Is as good as it gets, so very true.

Hunger approaches, granola bars go only so far,

Searching the cupboards, I raid the peanut butter jar.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Then off to bed I go it's late,

For tomorrow I just can't wait.

I get to do this all over again,

When will I sleep? When, when, when?


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Dezigner Digz is a home staging and interior decorating company located in Burlington, Ontario.  The owner, Charlene Storozuk, is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association and is the founder and current President of the Halton & Hamilton-Wentworth Real Estate Staging Association.  For more information about us, visit our website at www.dezignerdigz.com


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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Charlene ~ Very cute!  I'd like to see this as one of those Rankin Bass claymation cartoons! : )

Dec 18, 2008 11:05 AM #1
Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

That was adorable. Thank You for sharing it with all of us!-Dinah Lee

Dec 18, 2008 11:08 AM #2
Thomas R. Martin Broker/Owner ICPM
Investors Choice Property Management - Sacramento, CA
Property Management the way it SHOULD be.


Dec 18, 2008 11:16 AM #3
Lauren Krady Lancaster
Keller Williams Realty - Lancaster, PA
PA Realtor

Great!  How long did that take you ? I think it would take me a month to write something like that.

Dec 18, 2008 11:19 AM #4
LS Rogers Realty
LS Rogers Realty - Richardson, TX

CHARLENE  Your post is creative and entertaining. Nicely done. Happy Holidays.

Dec 18, 2008 11:21 AM #5
Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

Did you come up with that all by yourself?  Any pictures for us to view?

Dec 18, 2008 11:28 AM #6
Ron Tiller
Star Referral - Grand rapids MI - Grand Rapids, MI

Very, very well done. You obviously put a lot of thought into it.

Dec 18, 2008 01:36 PM #7
Kathleen Garvey
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver - Denver, CO
Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales

Hey Charlene...wonderful poem!!  I love these types of things and kudos for your creativity!!  : )

Regards-Kathleen G

Dec 18, 2008 02:20 PM #8
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Charlene: You made lemonade out of those lemons. This almost sounds like fun, unlike the way you told the story over lunch. All we have to whine about here in Los Angeles is when it rains (rarely) or when it is too hot (a little more often). I couldn't imagine working in snow. Thanks for the fun poem. It just shows how creative you are.

Dec 18, 2008 02:24 PM #9
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Charlene ~ Your poem was fun and entertaining -- and I was waiting to see how it ended!  (We had quite a snowstorm this week in Oregon, and I was glad that I didn't have to stage a vacant house .... unloading would be so difficult in the freezing cold!)

Dec 19, 2008 11:30 AM #10
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

Charlene what a cute poem and nice way to document your day...hah!!!  I just carry that peanut butter jar with me, I have been known to eat it with a spoon...oh, now you know one of my secrets.  Cute post.  Made for a fun read.

Dec 19, 2008 04:31 PM #11
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Kathy - Thanks :-).  A claymation cartoon, that's too funny!

Dinah Lee - Thank you so much!

Thomas - Thanks!

Lauren - It took me about an hour and a half in total (counting all of my revisions) to do it.  I love writing poems, but I really have to be in the mood to do it, or else I can't think of a single thing to say :-)

Trunda - Thank you, I'm glad you found it entertaining!  Happy Holidays to you as well.

Angelia - Yes, I wrote it all by myself.  The part of the poem with respect to the snowplow and shovelling actually happened to me last winter on a staging job.  Unfortunately, I didn't take any photos of the little "gift" left for me at the bottom of the driveway.  Now I wish I had taken a picture, it would have been fun to attach it to this post!


Dec 21, 2008 08:08 AM #12
Tori Lynn Wallitsch
Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC - Omaha, NE

That is wonderfully creative!  What a talent you have; I am going to have to show this to some friends (and of course credit you for being the writer!)

Dec 23, 2008 03:15 AM #13
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Ron - Thank you for your kind words :-).

Kathleen - Thank you so much!

Michelle - Yes, it does sound more fun on paper.  I can laugh about it now, but it sure wasn't funny when it happened last year.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't get caught staging in a storm again this winter.  Thanks for the compliment :-).

Maureen - Thanks!  Winter staging sure has its challenges doesn't it?  I'm hoping that the same thing doesn't happen this winter.  I was very fortunate last year that the homeowner had a shovel in his garage, but I learned something from the whole experience.  From now on, a snow shovel will be a part of my staging "toolbox" for all winter staging jobs.

Terrylynn - Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.  You just might be onto something with the peanut butter.  Maybe I'll keep a jar in my van.  I wonder how it freezes? ;-)

Tori Lynn - Thank you so much!  I'm flattered that you'd show it to some of your friends :-). 

Dec 23, 2008 04:31 AM #14
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Glad to know I am not the only one with staginsomia!!  Very clever poem and post!!  Merry Christmas!!

Dec 24, 2008 04:44 AM #15
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Cathy - I think staginsomnia (like that term by the way) is very common among a lot of us:-)  Thanks for the compliment.  Hope you had a great Christmas!

Dec 27, 2008 07:53 AM #16
Kathy Riggle
Houston Home Staging

Hi Charlene!

You have writing talents as well as staging talents! Brought back memories of the snow when I lived in Virginia and Pennsylvania.  I was not home staging at that time, no snow in Houston-just heat and hurricanes! Best Wishes for 2009!

Dec 27, 2008 09:46 AM #17
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Kathy - Thank you for your kind words :-)  Wishing you continued success in 2009!

Dec 30, 2008 04:08 AM #18
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Very nice!  It is so very hard to sleep the night before isn't it?

Dec 30, 2008 12:31 PM #19
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Lori - Thanks :-)  It sure is!

Jan 10, 2009 11:16 PM #20
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