I wanna be stuck with you
April 19, 2014 9:35 PM Subscribe
People of Metafilter, especially the lady types who often wear clothing with no pocketses: how do you keep your cell phone within earshot when you're at home? Especially if you've got a touch of ye olde ADHD and still struggle to remember to always take it with you when you leave the house, let alone remember to take it with you when you move from room to room.
I solved this problem for many many years by having nothing more than a pay-as-you-go phone that I hardly ever used, usual forgot to keep charged, often lost for days at a time, and wasn't a significant part of my life. Two years ago I gave in to the smartphone revolution and really, really love it now that I have it.
The problem I am having is that when I am at home--which is most of the time since I am a work-at-home freelancer--I struggle to keep it within earshot so that I can answer calls or know when my daughter is texting me. We've got a 2-story house and I've got lousy hearing, so I can really only hear it when it's in the same room as me. I usually try to keep it in my purse, which helps a lot with always remembering to take it with me when I leave. I also try (less successfully) to keep my purse in my bedroom, which is where I spend 75% of my time when I'm at home.
But I feel weird and have a hard time remembering to drag my purse around the house whenever I change locations for a while. If I do take my purse to the new location, I will half the time forget to bring it back. If I don't take it with me, I rarely remember to check my phone for missed calls/messages when I get back. There's a definite time-sensitive nature to most of the communications I get, so just letting things slide for however long it is until I realize my phone and I have been parted for a few hours--is not ideal.
I'm open to suggestions for mechanical (would a belt clip work on bottoms that don't have a belt or stiff waistband?), technological (I've looked at a few different Bluetooth anti-loss/call alert devices but the reviews are pretty mediocre), or "systems-based" solutions (so long as whatever system I need to remember to follow is very simple).