Reality check time.
How much stuff is in your wallet, right now?
Is it bulging at the seams? Do you even know what is in there?
Make today the day you empty out that overstuffed wallet once and for all.
What’s in Your Wallet (Or Purse)?
Recently, I got back from business trip and noticed that my wallet was a little heavier than it should be.
In fact, I was having trouble fitting it in my pocket.
When we are on the go, we tend to cram all kinds of things into our wallets and purses.
Don’t let yours become a mobile pile of disorganization.
I was guilty of stuffing all kind of things in there from hotel keys, to receipts, to business cards.
I even had a small power cord adapter that I put in there to keep it from getting lost. (Really?)
What’s in your wallet that shouldn’t be?
Time to Clean Out That Wallet
Take a look at your own wallet right now.
Is it lean and mean?
Or do you need to take a couple of minutes to whip it back into shape?
Here Are 7 Ways to Clean Up Your Overstuffed Wallet Once and For All:
- Carry Less Cash- I am always surprised when I see someone carrying a large amount of cash in their wallets. In this age, there really is no reason to do that. I would estimate that 95% of my purchases are electronic. (Heck, I wanted to pay at the DMV with PayPal.)
- Carry Fewer Credit Cards – The same principle can be applied to the cards in your wallet. There just isn’t reason to carry a bunch. I limit myself to 2 credit cards.
- Toss Those Receipts - Receipts clog up many people’s wallets. Instead of crunching them in you wallet, record them immediately. With apps like Evernote, Scanner Pro, and more, you can quickly capture electronic versions of your receipts. Then simply discard the paper scraps.
- Don’t File Things In Your Wallet – Just as with the receipts, don’t file other papers or documents in your wallet or purse. Again, scan or take a picture of them with your phone.
- Ditch Those Membership Cards – You don’t need to carry all those miscellaneous membership cards anymore. Even business cards are passé in most situations. From insurance cards to local club memberships, take a picture of the card and store it in Dropbox or Evernote.
- Carry a Thinner Wallet – It’s hard to put things in your wallet (or purse) if they don’t fit. Minimize what you carry by getting a smaller wallet. There are lots of great slim wallets that limit you to only a few items.
- There’s an App for That – Chances are there is an app to replace many of the items in your wallet. Starbucks has a great app for your loyalty account with them. Apple’s Passbook is coming very soon and promises to replace even more of the cards you carry.
Lighten Your Wallet
Think twice before you go stuffing things in your wallet today.
Take a few moments to lighten what you are carrying in yours.
At some point our phones will replace our wallets.
Until then, we can keep whittling down what we carry in them.
Question: What’s in your wallet that doesn’t need to be?