ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Organize Your Wallet or Purse

Updated on August 20, 2016
Austinstar profile image

L. Cargill, B.A., Sam Houston University, Huntsville, TX., has been writing cool and interesting articles for the internet world since 1995.

What Should Be in Your Wallet?

Organizing Basics

There are as many ways to organize things as there are people on the planet. Everyone organizes in their own way. Some use color coding. Some use the alphabet. Some people number everything. There are even people that use a combination of tricks to keep themselves organized. However, here is a recommended way to organize your wallet (for men) or the wallet you keep in your purse (for the ladies).

Chances are you will lose a purse or a wallet at least once in your lifetime. Organization means you will survive the loss. A thinner wallet to carry around in your purse or pocket means a lighter load to bear. It also means you will have less to lose should your wallet or purse be stolen or lost.

Wallet Organizing Tip:

Every six months, take out everything in your wallet that you never want to lose. Photo copy all of this - front and back. Keep the copy in a very safe place that is easy to remember and access.

My Organized Wallet Purse

I rarely carry a purse, bag or case. I carry everything I need in one organized wallet.
I rarely carry a purse, bag or case. I carry everything I need in one organized wallet. | Source

What You Should Carry in Your Wallet:

  1. Emergency contact information should be first and foremost. The contact info should be typed and easy to read. You might even want to make a business card size list of instructions with a photograph and have it laminated. If you are really organized, you will have business cards made up for the whole family to include a family portrait, emergency contact numbers and roadside assistance numbers.
  2. Your driver's license should be readily available and be currently valid. Driving with an expired license is against the law.
  3. Proof of auto insurance should be in the wallet or purse, not in the glove compartment or console. If you are stopped by police and asked to show this paper or card, you do not want to be reaching into a compartment. The officer may suspect a concealed weapon.
  4. Cash, but no more than what you need for the day. Leave the rest of your cash at home in a safe place.
  5. Credit cards, but no more than two. Be sure to have backup phone numbers to call for each card. The easy way to do this is photo copy the cards, front and back, and keep that information at home in a safe place. It's also a good idea to carry low limit cards with you unless you are planning to make a large purchase.
  6. One debit card is all anyone should carry at a time. Read the debit card contract to make sure you are protected against unauthorized use. Some contracts make you responsible for any and all uses of these types of cards.
  7. Health Insurance cards should be with you at all times. You might want to place them right behind your emergency contact card.
  8. A list of all medications that you take. Clip this to your health insurance card and update it every time you see your doctor. Your pharmacy may have a printable list at their online location. Just print it out, add your supplements and fold it to fit.

My Wallet

Inside zippered compartments!
Inside zippered compartments! | Source

What You Could Carry in Your Wallet - Optional Items

  1. Small rewards cards such as the buy five, get one free types that some restaurants or oil change places give you. However, if you will never use them, there is no reason to carry them. You could take a photo of these with your smart phone. If the cards have a bar code, the store's bar code scanner can use that to credit your account.
  2. Business cards are useful to carry around and hand out if you have your own business. For all other business cards, either add the number to your phone or photo copy all of the essential cards on to one sheet that fold slim and fit in your wallet. If you travel a lot, you may want to keep business cards in a zip baggie in your console or glove compartment.
  3. Professional Registry cards must be carried if you are going to a job interview. Otherwise, store them at home or in a photo file on your computer or smart phone.
  4. Stamp booklets. What? Are you still using snail mail? Keep these at home near your 'home office'.
  5. Photos of acquaintances or distant relatives will confuse anyone that finds your lost wallet. Keep your family photos only. This does not apply to grandparents. They have earned the right to carry all relative's photos.

My Organized Wallet

I have room for more cards, but I don't need them.
I have room for more cards, but I don't need them. | Source

What You Should NOT Carry in Your Wallet

  1. Department store cards should always be left at home unless you are specifically planning to shop at that store on that day. Better yet, get rid of all department store cards and use a single rewards card with a low interest rate.
  2. Gift cards are organized the same way as department store cards. Don't carry them unless you are planning to spend them them on that day.
  3. Gas cards should be cancelled and you should use the one or two charge cards that you will be carrying in your wallet. De-clutter your wallet. You carry too many cards!
  4. Your checkbook or loose checks. Thieves can easily draft your bank account just by having a check. In fact, you should stop using checks to pay bills. Use your banks bill paying service.
  5. Social Security Cards should never be kept in your wallet. Memorize the number or keep a photo copy with the last four numbers redacted (blacked out or cut out). Social Security cards are for U.S. Government use only. They should not be used as identification numbers.
  6. Any kind of list of your personal or business passwords. You can even be fired for carrying business passwords around. If you think you must carry some passwords, make sure you hide that information where no one but you can find it. Do not leave identification attached to it like what file or computer the password belongs to.

Wallet Organization Summary

(click column header to sort results)
Emergency Contact Info
Driver's License
Auto Insurance Card
Credit Cards (max of 2)
Debit Cards
Health Insurance Cards
List of Medications
Rewards Cards
Business Cards (your own only)
Professional Certifications
Photos of Acquaintances
Target or Other Dept. Store Cards
Gift Cards
Gas Company Cards
Checks or Checkbooks
Social Security Card

What's in Your Wallet?

Is your wallet organized?

See results

© 2012 Lela

Comments - Do you keep secrets in your wallet? Better not!

Submit a Comment
  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Yes, we should all be more organized. Hope you get it all together in one place or at least where you can find it all.

  • christopheranton profile image

    Christopher Antony Meade 

    6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

    I do the same with my wallet as I do with drawers of papers. About every three years I sort everything and throw out what I no longer need.

    Occasionally it gets so cluttered that it no longer fits in my pocket. I should be more organised really. Maybe now I will be.

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    You'll be glad you kept everything organized if your purse or wallet should ever be lost. It's a bear trying to remember what was in there!

  • carol7777 profile image

    carol stanley 

    6 years ago from Arizona

    I just got a new purse so this was helpful. I start out well and in a week the purse is full of unnecessary things. I will bookmark this as a reminder that there is a way to organize things on a permanent basis. Voted UP.

  • Eiddwen profile image


    6 years ago from Wales

    Simple yet brilliant!!!

    Useful/interesting/up for this one.


  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    Was it Edgar Allen Poe's phone number? I've been looking for that too.

  • drbj profile image

    drbj and sherry 

    6 years ago from south Florida

    What a great idea, Lela, to inspect the contents and re-organize one's wallet and copy important stuff every 6 months. I just did it and found a phone number I have been looking for since 1898. I mean 1998!

  • Austinstar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Somewhere near the center of Texas

    I have lost mine three times. Once in Mexico - never to be seen again. Once in a casino - someone actually returned it intact to their lost and found. And once I left it in a shopping cart - also returned intact.

    I have learned to keep a close eye on it since these incidents.

  • diogenes profile image


    6 years ago from UK and Mexico

    Hi Star: I have never lost a wallet in living memory, so I am blasé about what's in it. But your thoughtful article has talked some sense into me and i shall be weeding the thing TODAY!

    Very useful advice.



This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)