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‘Hack queen’ mum-of-two Carolina McCauley shows how to hide your WiFi modem on a desk

‘Hack queen’ mum-of-two shares an ingenious way to hide your WiFi modem using just one $20 item from IKEA

  • Mum-of-two Carolina McCauley took to TikTok to show her 1.5 million followers 
  • She keeps her office area clear by using the $20 SMARRA natural box from IKEA
  • By placing the modem inside, the frustrating cords and cables are out of view 


An Australian ‘queen of hacks’ has invented a simple and cost effective way of hiding your ‘ugly’ WiFi modem on a desk using just one product from IKEA. 

Mum-of-two Carolina McCauley took to TikTok on Tuesday to show her 1.5 million followers how easy it is to keep your office area clear and avoid displaying cables with the $20 SMARRA box.

The blogger from Perth, Western Australia, starts by cutting a small hole in the corner of the rattan-inspired box before setting it down on her matching timber desk.

The blogger from Perth, Western Australia, starts by cutting a small hole in the corner of the rattan-inspired box before setting it down on her matching timber desk

Mum-of-two Carolina McCauley took to TikTok on Tuesday to show her 1.5 million followers how easy it is to keep your office area clear and avoid displaying cables with the $20 SMARRA box

She places her Optus modem inside the box, places the lid on top and feeds the cables out the back of the storage container.

If the SMARRA is placed at the back of the desk the cords can be funneled behind the box and completely out of view, making for a Zen – and clutter free – space.

‘Such a great idea! Does it affect the signal in any way? I assume it ventilates the same,’ one TikTok comment read.

Others were concerned that the modem instructions specifically tell customers not to ‘block’ it in any way, but Ms McCauley’s chosen box allows for air flow. 

Crafty mother! 'Such a great idea! Does it affect the signal in any way? I assume it ventilates the same,' one TikTok comment read

Crafty mother! ‘Such a great idea! Does it affect the signal in any way? I assume it ventilates the same,’ one TikTok comment read

In a previous ‘hack’ Ms McCauley created a DIY festive scent that ‘smells like Christmas’ by filling a pot with water and adding cranberries, cinnamon sticks, sliced orange and a few sprigs of rosemary. 

She leaves the mixture to simmer on the stove over a low heat, sending a burst of fragrance wafting through the kitchen.

Her simple recipe sparked a wave of excitement among Christmas enthusiasts.

‘How sweet is this!’ one woman wrote, while a second added: ‘Beautiful. Definitely trying this.’ 

A third said she swaps rosemary for cloves because they smell ‘divine’. 

Earlier this year, her simple guide to doing laundry went viral after she shared a video showing fans how she adds essential oil to wool dryer balls to leave clothes fresher for longer. 

The Perth blogger brings festive cheer into her home by filling a pot with water and adding cranberries, cinnamon sticks, sliced orange and a few sprigs of rosemary

Ms McCauley leaves the mixture to simmer on the stove over a low heat, sending a burst of fragrance wafting through the kitchen

The Perth blogger brings festive cheer into her home by filling a pot with water and adding cranberries, cinnamon sticks, sliced orange and a few sprigs of rosemary

After each cycle, Carolina leaves the washing machine door and detergent tray open to allow moisture to escape, which prevents a build-up of grime and mould.

To remove tough stains, Carolina said you need to ‘catch them as quick as possible’ by soaking the marks in stain remover and a paper towel before throwing the garment in the wash.

Instead of leaving clean laundry lying around in a basket, she folds clothes ‘right away to prevent wrinkling’. 

A mum-of-two has offered her simple guide for getting the perfect laundry - including the products she uses to leave clothes smelling beautifully fresh

A mum-of-two has offered her simple guide for getting the perfect laundry - including the products she uses to leave clothes smelling beautifully fresh

A mum-of-two has offered her simple guide for getting the perfect laundry – including the products she uses to leave clothes smelling beautifully fresh

Carolina’s method has been viewed more than 20,000 times, with many saying they are excited to try her tips.

‘Oh this looks so good I’ll have to try,’ one wrote, while another added: ‘Essential oils is such a good idea.’

However, some warned that essential oil can seep into clothing and cause stains.

‘Important let the essential oil seep into the wool before throwing it in. Ideally a couple hours or you will stain all those clothes. Not good,’ one person wrote. 

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