Like many mothers cleaning the house before hosting company, Michele Keylor knows how stressful it can be to straighten up for a party only to have your kids mess it up before the guests even arrive.
So the mother of three decided to do something unconventional. On Nov. 5, she cleaned her living room for Thanksgiving — and then blocked it off using some patterned duck tape and a well-placed sign.
“This room has been cleaned for the holidays and is officially CLOSED until Thanksgiving,” she wrote on the note.
Keylor did offer some wiggle room to those wishing to use the space.
“Special permission will be considered for you to sit on my clean furniture and/or walk on my clean carpet only after the following conditions have been met,” she said. “1. You showered and are dirt and odor free from top to toe, [and] 2. You are wearing freshly laundered clothing.”
“If permission is granted NO food or drinks are permitted at this time!” she added.
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She signed the note with thanks by listing her many titles, including “Mom, Payer of the bills, Chauffeur, Queen of the castle, Person ruining your life, Bossy Bitch in charge — Whatever works for you.”
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Her 17-year-old son, Nick Denbow, tweeted an image of the barricaded room out later that day — asking “Okay how my mom just gonna close down the living room for a month?” It quickly became a viral hit, with over 35,000 likes and counting.
His and his mom was even sent some cleaning supplies from Clorox.
He told BuzzFeed News Keylor was tired of having to clean up after “my and mostly my brother’s messes” in the living room.
“She has told us to stay out of rooms that she’s just cleaned before but never completely ‘closed’ it for a month,” he added.
The note appears to have worked, though. Denbow said no one in the family has used the space at all — not even the family’s two dogs. “There’s no barricade or anything to keep them out,” he added. “It’s just like they know to stay out.”