When a mum saw a disaster was about to happen, she reached out to the internet.

Praise the internet for existing. Seriously, what did we before it? Carry maps? Actually call each other on the phone? Nonsense.

This stay-at-home mom is particularly thankful after facing a serious household debacle and posting about it on her Facebook page.

She posted the below image, showing a glass cabinet containing a stack of fallen-over dishes, which would all crash to the ground should she open it.

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This gives us anxiety just looking at it. Image: Facebook.

The caption read, "A cupboard that can never be opened."


Challenge, accepted.

The internet reacted as the internet so often does - with a healthy mixture of pure hilarity and actual advice, as comments flooded in for suggestions on what the best solution would be for this conundrum.

456 comments, to be exact. In addition 16,000 reactions were posted to the image.

This commenter had a pretty wise, logical suggestion, and lots of others agreed:

"It is a matter of economics, if the plates are cheap open the door. If the plates are irreplaceable smash the glass on the right." -Kkmen Wen

Another helpful comment suggested:

Tilt the cupboard backwards, then open." - Liu Jianwei

But, the real stars of the show were the many wildly unhelpful yet completely hilarious comments. Such as this complicated "solution":

"Build an identical house next to your existing house with only one difference, the plates would be on the shelf. Then delete the old house." -Mark Rugman

Or this jokester's suggestion:

"Try switching it off then switching it back on again." -Scharlarco Visagie

And we've got to give it up to this woman for her creativity:

"Flood the house, then open the cupboard without any risk!" -Valentina Lattante

Oh, internet. We love you.

And after all that, she ended up opening one door slightly, used her hand to hold the plates, then pushed the door further. There were reported zero plate casualties.

Mums sometimes do silly things and even more so when they're sleep-deprived... which is almost always.