Mom Freaked About Holiday Cleaning Closes Living Room For an Entire Month, Becomes Internet Hero

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I don’t know about you, but whenever I have house guests, I FREAK THE HECK OUT about getting my house clean enough! I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house for the first time ever this year, and I see a LOT of panic-cleaning in my future!

In light of that, Ohio mom Michele Keylor recently became my HERO for planning WAY ahead for her holiday houseguest cleaning. She cleaned her living room from top to bottom in preparation for Thanksgiving, and then COMPLETELY sealed it off, barring her family from entering!! When her son Nick Denbow tweeted about it, it quickly went viral. Turns out, the Internet this mom is BRILLIANT!

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Nick Denbow on Twitter

Here’s a closer look at the EPIC note she left her family:

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Nick Denbow on Twitter

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Nick Denbow said his mom put up the sign because she was tired of repeatedly cleaning “my and mostly my brother’s messes” in the living room.

I love the way she stipulated that the COULD enter the living room IF and ONLY IF they have showered and are wearing freshly laundered clothing! HA! In my house, the teen boy would basically just HAVE to stay out of the living room under those circumstances! Denbow says so far, neither he nor his brother have dared enter.

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Photo: Nick Denbow via BuzzFeed

Denbow soon began getting hundreds of tweet replies from people who obviously recognized his mom’s genius, and it’s now been retweeted 14,000 times!!

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It also gave folks some PARENTING GOALS!

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As epic and funny as Keylor’s sign is, her son Nick said he doesn’t ACTUALLY believe the living room will be closed for the next three weeks.

“She’s mostly joking about ‘closing’ it haha,” he said. “She just wants us to keep it clean and decided that putting a sign and tape up would make that clear.”

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Photo: Nick Denbow via BuzzFeed

Nick, from a mom’s perspective, I’d DOUBLE CHECK with her before you start using the living room again — just to be sure!

Well done, Mrs. Keylor! You’ve got me wishing my house was laid out differently so I could use this strategy myself!

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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.