The internet loves this mom who closed her clean living room until Thanksgiving
For many people, the most stressful part of Thanksgiving preparations is not the cooking, but the cleaning. One woman — one hero — has found a way to deal with it by closing down her living room until Thanksgiving. It all started when 17-year-old Nick Denbow discovered that his mom, Michele Keylor, had taken holiday prep to the next level.
The family was getting set to host Thanksgiving, and Keylor presumably wanted to get her cleaning tasks out of the way as soon as possible. Of course, cleaning early can be a pretty thankless job, since dirt has a way of re-accumulating. And with teenagers in the house, you can add puberty sweats, newly developed skin oils, and overall adolescent hormone stank to that buildup.
So Keylor decided to kick everyone out of the living room entirely, taping off the entry to the living room with a note that started, “This room has been cleaned for the holidays and is officially CLOSED until Thanksgiving.”
Wanting to share his surprise with the world, Denbow tweeted a picture of what his mom had done, which quickly went viral and garnered a lot of praise for his mother’s approach to maintaining domestic order. As one appreciative tweeter said, “the holidays are not a game.”
In the interest of fair and balanced reporting, it must be noted that while Denbow’s tweet describes the living room as being closed down “for a month,” the room is not entirely inaccessible to members of the Denbow-Keylor household, and is only restricted until Thanksgiving ends. Keylor’s note does denote possible special permissions for family to “sit on my clean furniture and/or walk on my clean carpet” as long as they “have showered and are dirt and odor free from top to toe” and “are wearing freshly laundered clothing,” with the addendum that “NO food or drinks are permitted at this time!”
The note also asks that concerns be addressed to “one of my many titles,” including:
~ Payer of the bills
~ Queen of the castle
~ Person ruining your life
~ Bossy bitch in charge
According to BuzzFeed, this amazing note is working great. Denbow told the outlet that none of his family, not even their dogs, have gone into the living room since the note went up. All hail the queen of the castle.
At least Denbow and his family will have a lovely, clean living room to relax in once Thanksgiving is over. Whether they’ll be kicked out again when Christmas comes along, however… well, only time and Keylor’s note-writing skills can give us the answer to that one.