Mum bans her kids from the living room for a whole month to keep it clean

That is one way to prepare for the holidays.
That is one way to prepare for the holidays. Photo: Twitter@nickdenbow11

All parents know that one of the biggest day-to-day challenges when it comes to raising a family is keeping the house clean. Whether it's toys, shoes, school bags or half-eaten sandwiches – the mess feels never –ending. 

One Ohio mum, however, came up with a genius solution to ensure her living room remained spotless before the family's upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. 

And seriously – it's #parentinggoals.

After completing a thorough clean of the room in question, mother-of-three Michele Keylor decided to close it - for a month. And, to ensure all parties were aware that the room was off-limits, she expertly taped off the area and hung a sign across the doorway.

Her son, 17-year-old Nick Denbow, shared the sign on twitter – where it has since been retweeted almost 14,000 times, as of Wednesday morning.

The sign reads: 

"This room has been cleaned for the holidays and is officially CLOSED until Thanksgiving.

"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 odour free from top to toe.

2) You are wearing freshly laundered clothing."

Keylor adds that IF permission is granted NO food or drinks are permitted.

If you're not yet convinced of this woman's brilliance and sassiness – wait until you see how she signed off. 

"You may choose one of my titles," Keylor writes. " Mom, Payer of the Bills, Chauffeur, Queen of the castle, Person ruining your life, Bossy bitch in charge.

"Whatever works for you," she says, adding a smiley face.

We're not the only ones loving this mum's cleaning hack – it turns out twitter thinks she's a genius, too.

Denbow told BuzzFeed that his mum wrote the sign as she was tired of cleaning up "my and my brother's messes in the living room".  And thus far, no one, not even the family dogs, has entered the spotless room.

"There's no barricade or anything to keep them [the dogs] out," the teen said. "It's just like they know to stay out."

Denbow also explained that he thinks his mum is "mostly joking" about closing the room.

"She just wants us to keep it clean," he said, "and decided that putting a sign and tape up would make that clear."

Crystal, we think.