I recently got a new wallet as a Christmas present and I used that as an excuse to tackle a long standing annoying issue …my overly full wallet. I am almost embarrassed to type this but I was utter shocked how much garbage that I never use that I’ve been carrying around with me for years, yes you read that right, years.
To do the purge I took out everything from the wallet and put it into a stack. It was a stack about two inches high…no wonder my wallet always felt like it was going to burst open on me. Then I proceed to create four piles: cards that I have to keep on me (either legally or I use them that often), cards I rarely use, cards/paper that I should throw out and cards that should be stored somewhere else.
Here are some samples that went into each pile:
- Cards to Keep – Drivers license, health card, bank card, credit card, business credit card, business bank card and a few copies business card from my day job.
- Rarely Used Cards – A library card (which I never use since I have a key chain mini card), Areoplan card, bank card for the bank where my mortgage was at, and a few other points cards I rarely need.
- Cards/Paper to Throw Out – Old business contact cards I no longer need, points cards for places I no longer shop and I nearly died of embarrassment to see an old Blockbuster member card in my wallet. Yikes!
- Elsewhere Cards – I had a few points cards for gas stations that really should be kept in the car itself so my wife can use them too.
What was interesting was the first three piles were about the same size and I only had a few cards in elsewhere pile. So in summary my wallet is now about 2/3 thinner than it used to be and I’m so grateful that I finally got to dealing with this issue. I’m actually thinking I need to do this exercise more regularly to avoid this in the future.
So when was the last time you cleaned out your wallet (and/or purse)? Any tips for everyone on what to keep or get rid of?