The Working Man: Avoiding the George Costanza Wallet

by Rachel Yeomans | July 18th, 2012   

It’s bizarre that in 2012 we’re still hanging on to receipts, random  bits of paper, loyalty cards for places we’ll never visit again, and various other items that turn a wallet into a “portable” suitcase of useless items. Popularized as a concept of gentle ridicule by the ongoing saga of George Costanza – a character from the popular Seinfeld Television series – and his colossal, overstuffed wallet, we are here to show you how to minimize clutter (and avoid owning the George Costanza wallet).

1.) Regularly archive/destroy your receipts.

If you find that you’ve got more receipts than notes in your wallet, then it might be time to think about either filing away the important receipts and destroying the rest. It’s not too difficult, either - a sink full of hot water will wash the ink out of a whole batch of them  at once if shredding is too finicky, and you’ll soon find that your  wallet looks more like a wallet and less like a novel.

Perry Ellis Wallet The Working Man: Avoiding the George Costanza Wallet

2) Only carry what you actually need.

It can be tempting to carry everything but the kitchen sink with you at all times (those “just in case” moments) but the reality is that that photo of you winning at FoxyBingo on your birthday, the ten breath mints from different restaurants and the fifteen loyalty cards you’ll never use again are arguably not things you need to have on you at all times. Okay, maybe one breath mint.

3) Don’t buy a high-capacity wallet.

Seriously – if you can’t fit it in, you’re less likely to take it. That goes for anything. As long as you have the space for your money,  your ID and the crucial things you do actually need with you, you’ll  be absolutely fine. Not only that, but you’ll find that a slimmer wallet means your pocket doesn’t look ridiculously swollen.

George Castanza Wallet The Working Man: Avoiding the George Costanza Wallet

Wallets are only as big as you let them be. Don’t end up like George Costanza – sitting at a slant to accommodate a colossal cash-carrier. Be smart, destroy or organize the items you don’t need on you that day, and buy slim wallets (or even a money clip!).