Problem Cabinets

This morning I want to take a break from food and fitness talk, and instead discuss something that I have to deal with every single day – the dishes.

Every morning when I wake up (after chugging water, peeing, and letting Niko out,) if I didn’t do all the dishes the night before, I’ll put my coffee on and finish up what’s left in the sink. We have a dishwasher, which washes most of our dishes, but honestly I don’t even mind washing the other dishes by hand. Washing the dishes can be therapeutic!

It’s putting the dishes away where the problem lies. Actually, let me clarify that. I only mind putting away certain dishes. Plates, bowls, and cups I don’t mind at all:


Heck, I don’t even mind putting Tupperware away now that we threw out a bunch and got a system down.


The problem lies in the cabinets underneath. The cabinets for pots, pans, and “other” cookware.

This morning as I was shoving a cutting board under a cooling rack, my wok starting bulging out on the other side. As I finally slammed the cabinet door shut in haste, I thought, man…I always show off my organized cabinets/counters/kitchen on the blog. I need to admit that not everything is sunshine in roses in the casa de RAN. And it’s not:


*insert scary horror film music*

And the cabinet across – for, uhh, for casserole dishes, glass bake ware, the george foremans (why do we need two?) and other.


It seems no matter how much we try, we just can’t get these two problem cabinets under control. We’ve even taken most of the stuff we only use occasionally – the rice cooker (good for nothing,) slow cooker, juicer, etc. down to the basement!

Regardless, there’s got to be some refuge in organizing the pots/pans/miscellaneous cabinets…right? Where does one go when they need to know about organization anything?


That’s right. Pinterest.

On this morning’s agenda was going to be a 3 mile run + a Niko walk, but I think my cardio might be in the form of cabinet organization today Winking smile

OK, ok. This is a food and fitness blog, so how about a little ab burner to round things out this morning? I knew I felt a little fire in my belly as a wok fell on my foot within 10 minutes of waking this morning!Smile with tongue out


Have a great day! I’m thinking a trip to Bed Bath & Beyond may be in my future, haha.

Do you have a “problem cabinet/area” in your kitchen?

I guess you could also count a couple of our drawers…but who doesn’t have a junk drawer or three?

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  1. ugh, my tupperware cabinet is SUCH a problem cabinet for me. it’s out of control!

  2. My tupperware cabinet is the same way, I can’t seem to get them to fit in each other and I always end up getting so frustrated. For me, I have a tiny apartment kitchen so I think the solution to my problems is sort of simple: get a bigger kitchen! Now if only a bigger one existed in this city!

  3. Under the oven where we keep all our pans can get messy and it is not ideal for sure, you have to pull out 10 pans to get to the bottom one. Such a pain! I need a better system for sure.

  4. “Casa de RAN” – love it! I’m still waiting for my husband to install our kitchen cabinets, so I’m jealous that you have cabinets, period. 😉

  5. LOL – I definitely have some problem cabinets. I have a rather small kitchen, so limited storage. I keep trying to re-arrange pots/pans/baking dishes and have yet to come up with something that works (and this has been on-going for 11 yrs now).

  6. You are not alone. We live in a super old house that has the stupidest size of cabinets. The upper ones are fine and fit dishes/cups well. However, the bottom ones? Some are not even a foot wide. Tell me how that’s supposed to work? Meh.

  7. Haha oh messy cabinets can be soooo annoying!! Our cabinets at home for the pots and pans used to look like that. Then my mom got some pull-out shelf things installed and they are awesome :)

  8. Wow, those organization points are kind of amazing. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  9. Ugh…cabinets…hate them. Ours are the same way. I’ve seen some cool ideas on pinterest for ways to organize them. I’m definitely going to take a trip to the container store soon. It’s so annoying.

  10. our tupperware cabinet is a DISASTER. i literally just throw the lids and containers in there because i’ve tried way too many times to organize them all. i suppose i need to take some lessons from you on organizing them!

  11. LOL! Reminds me of me and laundry. I don’t mind washing clothes, I just hate putting them up. 😀

  12. haha my pots and pans totally look like this! Ah i hate putting them away too…those organizers look great tho, i’ll totally have to check that out

  13. That is exactly how my kitchen looks. The only think keeping my spices from assaulting the plates and bowls is a single cutting board between them. I love all the modifications on Pinterest, but I can’t do most of them in an apartment.

  14. Ahhhh, the “pots and pans” cabinet at my house (currently living with mom and dad) is sometimes the bane of my existence. I always promise that when I have my own place, I will find a system that works for me and keep it up :-)

    Love the ab workout! I might try it tomorrow!

  15. my cabinets give me anxiety. and i love you (just read an assload of posts of yours.)

  16. I love to organize! I die if people go through my things and mess them up. It drives me bonkers, things for me need to be neat and tidy. Now laundry on the other hand, I hate.

  17. I’m so glad you posted those pinterest ideas. I would have never thought to look on there for organization ideas! My pots and pans need some MAJOR help. All of my cabinets, really. OKay, I just need MORE ROOM! lol

  18. Yes!!! I have so much stuff. I’m clearing everything out within the next couple of weeks for a makeover :)

  19. Don’t you love Pinterest?! It makes everything look so doable. Out cabinets are actually pretty organized. Since we have about 50 spices (not joking), I need things to be organized or I can’t find anything.

  20. Ugh, I hate the tupperware drawer!! I definitely need to find a way to organize those better.

    My husband and I have beautfiul All Clad pots and pans so they pretty much have their own shelf to be displayed on. 😛

  21. i feel like i spend my life doing dishes! and i use like the same 5 dishes but its everyone else! i suck at putting them away though even if it ends up being ‘easy’ i still suck haha

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