How many of you out there know a man walking around Ashburn with a “wallet wart”? What’s a wallet wart? That is what I call a man with what looks like a very uncomfortable growth on his, well, his bottom! Do men not look in mirrors, ever? Do they not feel like they have an appendage growing from a very strange place on their body? Seriously, what are these guys carrying around in there? I know, I know, women carry huge purses with everything but the kitchen sink and these poor guys have only a tiny little wallet system that must somehow contain the essentials.
What’s a guy to do? Well, one could use a “man bag” if they are extremely confident in their manliness and can take on anyone who would like to physically test that manliness; probably not a great solution for most. There is also the fanny pack, but unless you are a messenger zooming around on a bicycle through the city streets, you probably couldn’t make it look good.
My solution is to carefully remove the growth from pants and then empty entire contents of wallet. Receipts should be cleared out daily and put in a designated spot at home so if something does need to be returned you can fetch said receipt and then place it in a bag with the item, not your wallet! How many credit cards do you need?? And really, in this economy you should only be spending money that you have, so cash or debit cards are a good way to eliminate the urge to impulse buy! Of course, you must have a driver’s license, car registration (don’t keep this important little piece of paper in the car) and, hopefully, an insurance card in your wallet. You should still have room in the wallet for some of those miscellaneous cards for various memberships such as the gym, library, and grocery stores. And finally, you would keep a picture or 2 of your loved ones but more than that and you’re risking the re-growth of the “wallet wart”.
So if you discover during this procedure that you are the owner of half a dozen credit cards and possibly a dozen or more membership/frequent user cards, then you can start to see why you have been walking around with such an unsightly growth. Be brutal with your selected cards and only put back the ones that are actually used on a regular basis. The other membership cards could possibly be kept in and envelope or spare wallet in the glove box of your car so on those rare occasions you happen to find yourself at the House of Crepes or the Tie Warehouse, you will have easy access to the cards while keeping a profile to be proud of!
Maria White is a professional organizer with ENUFF WITH THE STUFF in Ashburn Virginia.