The holidays are fast approaching, and if you have kids, that means that they're going to be around the house a bit more. That means possible messes, which means certain stress and frustration in trying to keep things looking semi-nice for any company coming over.

For some, extreme measures are needed, like in the case of Twitter user Nick Denbow's mom who isn't taking any chances this year.

Denbow shared the following photo of a note blocking off his living room:

It reads:

Twitter was clearly impressed with this plan of action, as it's been retweeted almost 10,000 times in just a couple of days.

After all, kids are nothing but a barrier to cleanliness, especially around the holidays.

Some had loftier goals, like sneaking their way into the family (but not the living room, of course).

While others were a bit more practical.

At least it will look good for an hour or two...fingers crossed.