Remember when Jerry told George that his good friend was morbidly obese? He was talking about George’s wallet overflowing with lots of papers, credit cards and possibly money. The wallet was so large that George hurt his back. No thank you.
We all carry an array of identification, credit cards, notes, and money. Most of us don’t really want to carry a purse with personal items. A wallet is an obvious choice to keep our lives organized. However, nobody wants an exploding wallet oozing with crap like George had in that one episode of Seinfeld.
My pocket organization goes beyond the wallet and is extremely specific. I freak out if anything is in the wrong place. Everything is neurotically placed in my pocket. It all starts with the perfect wallet - I’m bulky enough as it is and I don’t need a fat wallet to add to the girth.
Growing up in New York City I learned to keep my cash and wallet in separate pockets in case someone tried to mug me. Money always goes one pocket and wallet in the other. Keys are kept in the left pocket and mobile phone in the right pocket (if I’m not wearing shorts with a cell phone pocket). A USB cable goes in one rear pocket and valet ticket is always in the opposite so it isn’t touched.
Everything has a place and that extends to the wallet. While not exactly a minimalist, I try to keep as little in there as possible. I only carry one credit card and one debit card on the outer slots of the wallet. The driver's license is secure in the middle and viewable through a window so it rarely has to be taken out.
Having a secure place for the identification is important so it isn’t lost while shuffling around. Nothing worse than a trip to the DMV for a new ID. The money portion of the wallet has a health insurance card, a couple business cards, and a couple players club cards so I can park for free if I end up at Caesars or MGM properties.
Keeping things organized allows for quick response when I need something. It also eases the mind so I don’t have to worry about where anything is. There’s still room for improvement so there’s always an eye to optimizing pocket organization. Let’s take a look at some minimalist wallets that could help anyone keep their money and things in order without taking up too much space.
FlyHawk RFID Blocking Genuine Leather Wallet
I fell in love with this wallet right away. This Italian leather wallet is actually crafted in the USA. This super slim wallet is 4 x 0.4 x 3.6 inches. It’s small but not tiny. There are six slots for credit cards, an ID window, and the RFID shield to provide security. This is actually the perfect minimalist wallet for me so I added it to my Amazon cart before finishing this article.
The small size of the wallet keeps the price for an Italian leather wallet fairly low. It’s currently $19.99 on Amazon.
Bellroy Hide & Seek
This is the minimalist wallet for gamblers! The slim wallet is only 3.3 inches tall x 4.5 inches wide. Not only is there room in this wallet for straight cash homey, but there’s a hidden section for emergency cash. The front of the wallet has four quick access card slots. There’s also a protected section for cards and business cards.
This is a great minimalist option if you don’t carry too many cards but always need cash. The leather wallet is $89.95 online.
Form Function Form Architect Wallet
This is a wallet great for the old school minimalist that still needs to write things down on paper. The small size of the wallet, 3-3/8″ x 4.5″, packs quite a punch. It comes with a Fisher Space Pen (writes upside down) and two small notebooks. There’s space for three cards inside the notebook flap and five to ten in the thumb-slot pouch. There’s even a little space for cash.
The sturdy leather and stitching make this a good minimalist wallet idea for people that work outdoors. It’s $88 but there’s a $25 off code on the Form and Function website.
Ebax Mens Bifold Slim Front Pocket Wallet
This is an entirely microfiber lightweight wallet that’s also waterproof. The slim wallet is only 4x2.8x.02 inches, however, it offers more storage space than some other minimalist wallets. This has eight card slots and room for cash. As is the case with most new wallets this front pocket wallet has RFID protection for most credit cards, debit cards, driver license and ID cards.
The microfiber material keeps the price of this wallet low. It’s currently $15.99 on Amazon.