Mother Closes Living Room Until Thanksgiving, Writes Hilarious Note for Family

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It’s likely that every parent in America can relate to this mother who just wanted her living room to stay cleaner for longer than five minutes.

Michele Keylor, who has kids in their teens and 20s, deep-cleaned her living room in preparation for Thanksgiving.

Now, I used to think that kids not picking up after themselves was just a little-kid problem. Surely when my kids are in high school, they’ll clean up after themselves, right?

Thanks, mama Keylor, for the reality check.

According to Keylor’s son, Nick Denbow, who was 17 at the time, his mom designated the living room as “Closed” almost a month before Thanksgiving.

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Denbow came downstairs to find the living room actually taped off, with a hand-written note explaining why:

Do you have trouble keeping your house clean for the holidays?

“This room has been cleaned for the holidays and is officially CLOSED until Thanksgiving,” Keylor wrote.

“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:

“1) you have showered and are dirt and odor free from top to toe

“2) you are wearing freshly laundered clothing.”

However, if permission is granted, the note goes on to say, “NO food or drinks are permitted at this time!”

Keylor signed her note with her many seals of authority: “Mom, Payer of the bills, Chauffeur, Queen of the castle, Person ruining your life, Bossy b—- in charge.”


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Naturally, Keylor’s teenage son had to snap a picture of the note and post it on Twitter. The post went viral in 2016 when it happened, and is still a hit today.

Keylor made national headlines, even doing an interview with TODAY Parents about the note that has inspired plenty of other American households.

“In the words of my beautiful, intelligent and very humbling daughter, ‘This is a really stupid thing to be famous for,'” Keylor told TODAY Parents.

Maybe that’s what makes it so funny to the rest of us.

“Most parents can relate because taking care of children and cleaning is an eternal, vicious cycle,” Keylor said.

“It never ends and it’s a constant battle to get caught up only to blink and have to do it all over again.”

At least we’re all in this together.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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