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About Mums Make Lists

Welcome to Mums Make Lists. 

Mums Make Lists was founded in 2011. It is packed with ideas and tips on managing and organising everything that underpins family life. The aim is to help parents simplify the many aspects of looking after family and home so that they have time to thrive rather than just survive. 

As any parent knows, there are myriad plates spinning at once when you have a family to look after. Many of us work alongside parenting, and there are only so many hours in the day. 

The content on Mums Makes Lists is here to help you streamline the stuff that needs doing and do it cost-effectively so you can enjoy spending time with your family rather than worrying about money and running yourself ragged.

You will find tips, ideas and guides to manage your money well, everything from budgeting to saving and making money. Useful tips and ideas on decluttering and keeping the household running smoothly. I’ve also put together many guides to planning and hosting kids’ parties because there are many moving parts to throwing a kids’ party. 

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the most popular content on Mums Make Lists:

About Luci McQuitty Hindmarsh 

Luci McQuitty Hindmarsh, Mums Make Lists Founder

Hi, I’m Luci, and I create all the content on Mums Make Lists. 

I am known amongst my family and friends for being super organised. It’s not always been the case, but I’ve learned over the years that the best way to do everything that needs to be done is to have a plan and be super organised. Most of my expertise comes from trial and error until I hit upon the best way of doing it.

Some of the planning and systems might take a little time to set up at the start, but they make life so much easier. This is the case whether I am managing our family budget, updating our weekly meal plan, organising the grocery shopping, decluttering and organising our home or planning family holidays and kids’ parties. Oh, and for Christmas, let’s not forget Christmas!  I will always share my knowledge with you if there’s a money-saving hack or clever way of doing something. 

So, who even am I?! I’m a Londoner who relocated to a town in the Kent countryside in 2016. London will always have my heart, but right now, country life suits my family and me just fine. 

I am a digital entrepreneur with a background in magazine editorial and PR. I co-founded kids coding company mama.codes (a finalist in MassChallenge 2016) with two fellow London mums and continue to build digital businesses. 

I started my career working in the fashion department on glossy monthly magazines. I then switched to PR, working for major consumer tech, lifestyle and beauty brands, including NIVEA, P&G Beauty, The Guardian, Orange (Mobile), BT, Santander and Smile.co.uk. 

Throughout my career, I have had a strong hand in creating and managing budgets, planning and project management. This seems to have filtered through to family life, as I have always managed our family finances and budget. I love a spreadsheet! 

As I see it, creative thinking plays a big part in getting the best out of everything you do.

Whether that’s within your career, home or any other aspect of your life. 

I rarely settle for just doing stuff as it’s always been done. I’m always looking for creative ways to improve, streamline, and simplify things. I don’t see the point in doing things as they’ve always been done if there’s a better way.

I don’t want anyone in my home to spend longer than they need to on household chores or family admin, which is where YOU come in! 

Because I hope that the content I share helps you, it’s so easy to get caught up in the doing of life, the endless hours of work, the endless hours of running a household, the endless hours of parenting and find yourself run ragged with no way out.

So I hope I can help you change the things that get you down and have you feeling overwhelmed.

I’m here to help you simplify the processes of running a family household and to help you ensure that the household workload is shared equitably for all those capable of doing their bit.

The sharing of the family household workload is something I’m big on.

Far too many working women with kids still do more than their fair share of housework and family admin. This really does have to change. 

We must move on from a society that sees men as heroes for ‘helping out’, even when both parents work their butts off. Attitudes are definitely changing, but there is still a long way to go. 

I’d say I’m lucky enough to have a husband who does take on his share. Our marriage is a partnership in all ways. But it shouldn’t be down to luck. It should just be the way things are.

It’s not about rigidly dividing everything 50:50. It’s about working out how you, your other half and children old enough to do their bit, can pull together as a team.

On that note, I do hope that you find Mums Make Lists useful. Please do spend some time having a browse.