While there's a lot to look forward to during this time of year, there are also plenty of things to juggle. Thankfully, whether you're hosting friends for game night, returning to the office or simply feeling like your schedule is picking up, there are a few smart solutions that can help you save time right now.
To help make your fall a breeze, lifestyle expert Jenn Falik stopped by TODAY to share eight smart hacks for your routine. Read on to shop meal prep must-haves, smart outlets and more.
Fall Amazon essentials for a busy routine
According to the brand, this gadget can help thaw frozen meat up to seven times faster than traditional methods. To use it, attach the tool to the side of your sink, fill your sink with water and then drop the meat in and let it thaw. The brand says that the Thaw Claw will help prevent the meat from floating up to the surface, so you don't have to use a pot or pan to keep it down.
A slow cooker can make it easy to whip up tasty meals, but cleaning up afterward can sometimes be a pain. Thankfully, these plastic liners can be placed in the pot to keep it clean while you cook. They're designed to be heat-safe and disposable, so the brand says that you won't have to worry about the bags melting or tossing grease down the drain. According to the brand, you can also use the liners in oven dishes or roasting pans.
Do you use certain appliances at the same time every day? Try this smart plug. It has a built-in timer that can be set for up to six hours or you can use the repeat setting and have it operate on a set schedule. If your days are busy, you can program the timer to turn on at a certain time so your morning cup of coffee will be ready when you wake up or you can make sure the fan in your bedroom turns off after you fall asleep to help save electricity.
If you're planning on spending plenty of fall days curled up on the couch, you probably need this cup holder. The silicone coaster is designed to fit armrests that are at least six inches wide and the brand says that it's large enough to hold small items such as your phone, earbuds, TV remote or snacks.
If your armrest isn't large enough for the above cup holder, this caddy is an option that is made to fit right on your couch (or on your bed, car seat or even on the floor, according to the brand). It features three slots to hold bottles, coffee cups or a remote and is also insulated with foam, which the brand says will help maintain the temperature of your drinks.
If you've started digging out your fall sweaters, you might have noticed some lint and piling on them that wasn't there last season. This battery-operated shaver can help remove all of that — and not just from sweaters, but other clothing and furniture, too, according to the brand. It's cordless and is said to be small enough to fit inside a suitcase, so you can bring it along with you to the office or on your upcoming fall trips.
According to the brand, this multipurpose ointment can be used in 101 different ways (hence, its name). However, Lanolips says it is primarily designed to hydrate dry lips, cuticles, elbows, knees, and cracked heels. You can also use it on your cheeks to give them dewy glow! The star ingredient in the formula is lanolin, which the brand says is a "deeply moisturizing oil naturally occurring in sheep's wool."
This chic shawl is a statement piece that you can wear all fall long. It comes in one size, which the brand says should fit most, but there are more than 40 different styles and colors to choose from. We're loving this classic checkered pattern for the season.
More smart solutions for fall
Nothing says fall more than the taste of pumpkin pie, and this sauce is the perfect addition to any baked good or seasonal drink. The brand says that the taste has hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and other warm spices to create the perfect cozy flavor. Made with no artificial preservatives or colors, this delicious sauce is a must-have for fall.
This electric grinder is perfect for early morning coffee drinkers. Said to be quieter than competitors, this grinder allows you to make fresh grounds without waking the family. The removable chamber also allows for easy filling and quick clean-up. This grinder is designed to be large enough to make 12 cups of coffee.
Fully embrace the fall season by surrounding yourself with these autumn wreath candles. This homemade soy candle has a scent that is said to be reminiscent of apple cider, cranberries and pomegranates. It's stylish and can fit with any room decor, plus it'll also make the perfect gift for the holiday season.
Making donuts just got easier with this mini donut machine. Donuts are perfect snacks and will be sure to impress guests at parties. The machine features an auto shut-off function to prevent overcooking and is designed to buzz when the donuts are ready. The nonstick surface also makes for an easy clean-up, according to the brand.
With fleece on one side and plush Sherpa on the other, this blanket is too cozy to pass up. Made with high-quality microfiber polyester fabric, this warm blanket seems like it would be super. Plus, it has a chic design and can enhance any couch or bed with its fresh, clean look.
Despite the beauty of fallen autumn leaves, we all know how tiring it can be to continuously rake up the mess. This electric leaf blower promises to make the job of keeping your lawn clear a breeze. This blower has built-in cord retention to prevent interruptions and is said to weigh only 4.4 pounds.
If you're looking for fall outdoor activities to do with family and friends, this fire pit table is great for roasting marshmallows, warming guests and more. This fire pit can be used with both charcoal and wood and requires a simple setup. According to the brand, the included cover also helps it stay clean and avoid rusting from water and rain when not in use.
Never let your drink get cold again with this temperature-controlled smart mug. With an extended battery life, this mug will keep your drink perfectly hot for up to 1.5 hours on a full charge. This mug can also be paired with the Ember app so you can customize the temperature to your preferences and receive notifications. When empty or after two hours of activity, the mug will enter sleep mode and wake up when it senses movement or liquid. With over 4,000 ratings and 4.5 stars, this mug is a must-have.
For a fast and easy clean, this cordless vacuum is a great option. Known as the most powerful cordless vacuum under 2.1 pounds, it also includes a portable charging base that can fit almost anywhere in your home. To tackle tougher messes, this vacuum also features a boost button for stronger suction.