Inventory Bloat – Thanks, BOM!

Who has the biggest inventory?

Now that Bakes On Mesh (BOM) has hit the grid, things have changed.

While I am excited for all the old (and new!) stuff I can now wear easily with BOM and without faffing with a zillion appliers, I am NOT excited about the inventory bloat I see headed my way.

Unless you’re an old SL’er from way back, like me, you may not remember how all the system layers worked.  But we never had enough of them.  When mesh bodies hit the grid, suddenly everything became appliers (HUDs with whatever you needed to wear/apply loaded into them).  So instead of 20 thongs in 20 colors in my inventory, I had one mesh thong, and HUD that would let me change it into 20 different colors.  20 items vs 2 items was a blessing for my inventory.

But now that system layers are back with BOM, I can easily see my inventory creeping up every time I buy something.  Because some people will want the system layers, but others will still want the appliers – so creators will provide them all.  Who doesn’t want to keep their customers happy?

But that means I could end up with 24 items – the 20 BOM system layers in different colors AND the mesh item AND the HUD/applier.

I may have to become ruthless when it comes to new purchases.  I’m still on the fence about unboxing my old inventory stuff as well.  I mean, while it’s great that I can wear a skin I purchased in 2013, do I really want to?  Is it worth spending the time unboxing everything just to see?

When I box something up in RL, my rule is that I haven’t needed it in 6 months or longer, it goes.  It clearly wasn’t something I needed.  (There are exceptions, of course – seasonal clothing and decorations, things like that.)  But since my SL inventory is, in theory, infinite – maybe they can just stay in boxes for now and I can wait another 5 years for a trip down memory lane.

We’ll see.  In the meantime, I definitely have some purging to do!  If you need tips for managing your own inventory, I’ve written some tips and tricks here.  It’s still useful information. 🙂

Change Is Inevitable

I spent most of Saturday afternoon teleporting around SL and looking to see what’s changed in the 2 years or so that I’ve only been inworld intermittently.

I was trying to see if any new animation stores had opened so that I could see (ok, buy) some new dances.  Didn’t really find any.  Although I did find a few old stores still around.  Old as in they haven’t uploaded anything new in the last few years.  But SineWave was around forever even though nothing new was added.  Not sure when it finally closed, but it’s no longer there.  Or at least, no longer accessible.  It shows up in search, but I get an error trying to tp there.

I’ve been going through my inventory and boxing/deleting old things.  Which, to be honest, is most of my inventory at this point.  There are always things I won’t part with – sentimental things and my dance animations, of course.  But everything else is fair game.  I have an overflowing build folder that is full of items I use to build sets.  It needs going through (again) but it’s so large it’s overwhelming. So, clothing folder it is!

I deleted most system clothing several years ago after I bought a mesh body.  I still have a lot of mesh and applier clothing, but everything is at least 2 years old now.  Which is, like, a decade in SL time, right? 😛

I really should go through my hair and makeup folders as well – no need to keep that 9 billion prim hair from 2010, is there?  Just kidding, I got rid of most of those a couple of years ago.

Back in 2013, I bought a CTS Wardrobe system.  Boy, was that a blast from my SL past.  Once upon a time, I was trying to put everything in my wardrobe so I could see photos of what I had, since many creators don’t include photos of the item in your purchase.  I haven’t touched the system since 2015, I don’t think.  I know that probably 90% of what’s in the wardrobe was boxed up and/or deleted in 2016.

Right now, I’m leaning towards just deleting most of my clothing and buying new stuff.  I mean, things have to have improved in two years, right? I’m still waiting on bake-on mesh, but the animesh project did happen while I was away.  So I’m curious to see that in action as I wander around inworld.

The saddest thing I’ve found so far is that PurpleMoon is closing.  I’ve been a member of that group forever – almost since I joined SL.  I was going through my groups and seeing what notices I’ve missed and discovered the sim was going to close that day.  So I missed out on her huge closing sale.  Bummer.

Ah, well, change is inevitable, right?

Change

I am a creature of habit, so change is never easy for me.

I’ve had enough upheaval in the last few weeks to last me for the next couple of years. :-/

A week or so ago, I lost 1/3 of my inventory in the Great Inventory Debacle of 2016.  I did send a ticket to LL, and they attempted a fix, but alas, my precious inventory items disappeared into the aether.  😦

I’ve been spending my time since then trying to replace what I could, but was forced to accept that 1) I couldn’t replace everything, and 2) I probably didn’t absolutely need most of what I lost.  Are there things I wish I still had?  Yes.

However, sitting around whining about it wasn’t going to change anything, so I set about working on my next routine.  And since my inventory is so depleted, it only makes sense to do some power shopping to replace it all, right?  😀

While I was shopping, an old friend dropped into my IM box and we started chatting.  She’s always giving me crap about being too skinny, so she took it upon herself to ‘update’ my shape for me.

I’m not used to the new shape quite yet, but I am pleased with some of the photos I took wearing the new shape.

Like this one:

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A tad more risqué than I normally put on my blog, but hey, it’s my blog, right?  😛

Diawa didn’t make me shorter, which I appreciated.  I am short in RL, so I like being tall in SL. 😀

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The shape is much curvier than I am used to, especially the thighs.  I’ve worn the shape for a while, trying to get used to it.  I will definitely be trying it out during some of my performances, so I’ll see how it goes.

In the meantime, me and my thighs are going to do some more shopping!! ;-D

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Epic Fail – Part Deux

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Taking a break from all the unboxing!

It’s been a couple of days since my epic inventory fail, and I’ve learned a few things along the way that I thought I would share with you.

Some I would urge you to do, some are just things I am planning to do myself, after spending the last few days trying to replace a (very) small portion of what I lost.

CHECK YOUR TRASH BEFORE YOU EMPTY IT

As I said in the first post, I usually do, but this time I didn’t, and it cost me dearly.  11,000 items was nearly 1/3 of my inventory, and while I didn’t lose everything, some of what I lost was irreplaceable.

Some of the things I lost included a TON of outfits from Blacklace (which were mostly system, so I’m trying not to cry too hard over them); ALL of my silks – many of which are not available anymore (via in-world stores or MP), so they are just gone forever; ALL of my ‘whole avatar’ costumes, like my alien avatars, my gummy bear avatar, and all the adorable avatars I’ve collected over the years from Abranimations Advent Calendar – irreplaceable because they were gifts and/or no copy; ALL my ‘costume accessories’ which included things like headpieces, glasses, crowns, tiaras, shoulder pets, weapons, hats, scarves, bags, particle effects, bindis, masks, horns, and more.

Truthfully, there was so much, I don’t even remember all the names of the subfolders, much less what items were in them. Add in that many of them were hunt items, gacha items, or gifts – all gone.  *wipes away tears*

KEEP YOUR OWN TRANSACTION RECORDS

You can log into your transaction information through your Second Life account.  However, those transactions are only kept for the last 32 days.  If you want to keep a running record, you will need to download the transactions yourself every 30-32 days and keep your own file.

I also went back through my MP orders – which, surprisingly, went all the way back to 2010.  However, many of the items I purchased on MP are no longer listed there – because the items were on sale, because the items have been pulled, or because the store no longer exists.  So even though I have a record of my purchase, I am not going to be able to replace those items.

I went to many stores to hit up their redelivery terminals and learned a few things.  If a store uses CasperVend and you hit their redelivery terminal, it brings up a page with those store purchases listed at the top, but it also lists CasperVend purchases from other stores on the page as well.  After hitting up the redelivery at one store, I was able to get many other items from other stores (some of which I didn’t remember) redelivered as well.

Same thing with stores using the Bejambled system – I hit the redelivery terminal at one store and got a list of lots of purchases at other stores as well.  A caveat – no copy items cannot be redelivered, so any no copy items will show as purchases, but you will have to actually purchase them again if you want them replaced.

I haven’t come across a store that used the HippoVend system yet, but I’m hoping it works the same way.  Many stores use the E2V system – however, what I’ve discovered with that system is you have to visit each store separately – your redelivery terminal only shows purchases for that particular store.

The biggest thing that I noticed was that many of my purchases (which I knew I had made) did NOT show up on any of the systems.  What I realized was that those missing purchases were made at events, like Collabor88, FaMESHed, Uber, Kustom9, etc.  I recalled reading somewhere that, to limit scripts and therefore lag, some creators used simple click-to-pay vendors rather than scripted ones.  Without the Casper/Hippo/E2V scripts in the vendors, the only record of the transactions is in your history and the creator’s.

This means that each creator would have to be able/willing to go through their own records (assuming they keep them), to find proof of your purchases, and then redeliver them manually.  Because I do a TON of shopping at events, this is a HUGE reason for me to keep my own records – then I can simply send a NC to the creator with all that information to prove my purchase.  Much easier for them to do, I would imagine. Also, some creators do not use any sort of system like CasperVend or E2V, which means you have to contact each creator individually about redeliveries.

KEEP BACKUP COPIES OF ITEMS

This one may not make sense for everyone, but it’s something I’m going to start doing, simply because this whole issue has been a giant headache for me.  Most items are delivered in a box – so my plan is to open the box, keep the items I need in my inventory, and then save the original boxes somewhere (probably in another box rezzed on my land).  That way, if I accidentally delete the item, I can go back, pull out the original box, and just open it again.  This is the system I have used for years with my dance animations, so it’s just another quick step to add into my opening/boxing/sorting routine.

You can’t do this, of course, with no copy items.  Which brings me to gachas. 🙂  I have a love/hate relationship with gachas.  I love them, because it brings it out the gambler in me, and winning that RARE or ULTRARARE is always a rush.  For the past several years, I’ve avoided gachas for things like H&G items – I would want them to use in a set, and you can’t use no-copy items in a rez box.  However, I would still play the gachas for clothing, hair, accessories, and costumes, because no-copy wearables is a non-issue for performances.

Unfortunately, the fact that they are no copy means no redelivery.  That means all the gacha outfits, corsets, costumes, horns, and more that I had (many of which were rare or ultrarare) are gone forever.  Oh sure, I could hit up the yard sales for replacements (and probably will, for some items), but rares and ultrarares are generally offered for ridiculous prices, so the odds that 1) I find them and 2) I’m willing to pay the price are pretty slim.

PART DEUX

I wrote in the first post about losing all my particles and ColeMarie Soleil (owner of Cole’s Corner particle store) being a doll and redelivering my purchases manually.

In addition to my particles, the other items I was most upset about losing were my costume purchases from !deviousMind.  It has been one of my go-to costuming stores for years.  I had so many of her items that the store had its own subfolder. 😀

I sent a notecard to Chandra Meehan, the creator, and explained the situation, asking whether it would be possible to get some of my lost items redelivered.  Though I didn’t have transaction info for all of them, I did have pictures of some of the items on my blog and on my Flickr stream to offer as proof of purchases.

Chandra was an absolute angel – sending me all the items she could verify from what I had provided. She also very generously sent me some of her recent group gifts (I have been a group member for years) and told me she would work on replacing other items as she had time to work through her transaction records.

What I have already received was beyond my wildest expectations, and though I still have a long road ahead, I have at least made a dent in replacing some of what I lost.  😀

EPILOGUE

In addition to all the costuming items I lost, the other killer for me has been that I lost my ‘Finished Routines’ folder.  The folder contained all my completed routines – dance HUDs, choreography sequences, rez boxes – everything I would need for a routine, should I want to repeat it or modify it.

This means that I now have no ’emergency’ ready routines that I can pull out in a pinch.  For the foreseeable future, I will have to create everything from scratch (which isn’t a huge deal) while I slowly rebuild my inventory.

I used to pull out my choreography notecards and such and save them in other places in my inventory, but I had gotten out of the habit of doing that.  Guess I will have to get back to doing it!

I also will be more careful about putting ‘everything’ to do with a routine in one folder – or at least make a backup copy if I do.

There have been some silver linings to this whole situation.  1 – People have been absolutely amazing with their kindness when they learned of the issue (it seems unexpected inventory loss happens more frequently than I realized).  2 – Though I wouldn’t have chosen to lose 1/3 of my inventory voluntary, it’s quite possible that this is a blessing in disguise, forcing me to get rid of all those old items that I kept for no apparent reason. 3 – I now have 1/3 less inventory to manage.  4 – Less inventory means more shopping! 😛

My darling husband commiserated with me over my loss, and then told me to go shopping and replace what I needed, even offering to share his large and rarely used stockpile of L$ with me. 🙂

So, SL has given me lemons, and I am busy making lemonade. Now, what events start this week? 😀

Epic Fail

I like to think of myself as organized – I don’t like a lot of clutter, and I routinely go through my inventory to box up or delete old items.

Thursday, I was happily organizing, boxing up old clothing and shoes.  My inventory count has been hovering around 35K, and it was bugging me.

After I box up everything and delete what I don’t need, I generally empty my trash.  I always look at it first, just to make sure I don’t delete anything accidentally.

Except Thursday.

Lost Inventory

This is me, Friday, sobbing and wailing when I discovered that I had somehow accidentally deleted my ‘Solo Acts’ folder – the folder where I kept all my show costumes – corsets, burlesque outfits, feather fans, headpieces, tiaras, crowns, weapons, gacha outfits, particle effects, and more.  And then, blissfully unaware that the folder had somehow been moved into my trash, deleted my trash.

*Wails uncontrollably*

Pretty much every costume I’ve been collecting for the last 6 years is now gone. Silks – gone.  Corsets – gone.  Hand particles – gone. Feather fans – gone.  Wings – gone.  Hats – gone.  Cute avatar costumes, like my gummy bear – gone.

When I realized what happened, I felt sick. There was absolutely no way I’d be able to get back everything I lost.

I spent a good 15 minutes crying about it, and then told my husband.  Such a sweetheart – he told me I could take all his L$ and go shopping.   I didn’t, but I did start making a list of all the items I could remember that I might want to replace.

My two biggest wants were the items I’ve purchased from Cole’s Corner (she makes absolutely fantastic particle effects – check her out!) and, of course, all my costumes from !deviousMind.

I tried to visit as many places as I could and try to get redeliveries – however, neither Cole’s nor !dM had a redelivery terminal.  Yikes!  I took a chance and sent notecards to both owners, asking if I could get redeliveries, even though the purchases were so old I didn’t have proof of them.  My hope was that the owners would have their own records and could verify I’d actually purchased the items.

I know I won’t get any gacha items replaced, so I’ve had to say a tearful goodbye to all the outfits I collected over the years. 😦

As I was frantically tp’ing around to various places for possible redeliveries, items suddenly started appearing in my inventory.  ColeMarie Soleil – owner of Cole’s Corner – graciously replaced all my particles.  I was ecstatic.  So be sure and check her out – the particles are fabulous, they are very well-priced, and she is an absolute gem.

I’m still waiting to hear back from !deviousMind, so wish me luck. 😀

I did manage to get redeliveries from several stores, but I was surprised at the number of stores who don’t have that option.  I have also purchased a lot of costumes on Marketplace, so I will be going back through my orders and sending notecards to some merchants asking for redelivery for those items.

Thankfully, my loss did NOT include my dance animations (I have those backed up just for this sort of thing!), my dance HUDs, my mesh body/heads, skins, hair, or shoes. I do have a folder of regular (non-costume) clothing, so I don’t have to wander SL naked.  😛

I’m trying to find the humor and see the silver lining here.  A lot of my costumes were old, and many of them were system clothing, which I don’t wear very often anymore.  However, the shock of losing 11K items, especially some of my precious and much-loved costumes, was terrible.

So, avoid your own epic fail, and make sure to check and double-check your trash before you hit ‘delete’.

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Inventory Bloat

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If you know me, you know that I hate having a bloated inventory.

I work pretty diligently to keep it around 30K items.

Once I get over that 30K mark, I will start sorting, boxing, and deleting.

Some things have sentimental value, like pics of friends that are no longer in SL, or items given to me by my loving husband.

I used to hate deleting things, which is crazy, because I am pretty ruthless when it comes to de-cluttering in RL.  If you don’t use it, out it goes – usually to a charity so that someone else can get use out of it.

A year or so ago, I quit boxing up extra sizes of mesh items.  I have no idea why I did this in the first place – I’m not going to suddenly change my avatar shape enough that I would need them. 😛

Now, when I buy something that comes with the standard sizes, I save the fitmesh (if there is one), I save two sizes (in case my boobs or butt poke through in one) and the rest get deleted.

I am guilty of saving fitmesh for bodies I don’t own, I confess.  I’ve considered buying either the Slink body or the Belleza one, so I hang on to those items ‘just in case.’ 😀

I don’t own much system clothing anymore, except for costumes for dancing.  Working out how to dance with a mesh body (which can be done) is sometimes tricky with layers, so I will often just opt for my system avatar when I dance.

I am currently sitting at around 35K in inventory, which is driving me bonkers.  I need to sort and box up some stuff, which I hope to get around to sometime next week.

A lot of the bloat has come from blogging events.  I know that many people think that bloggers only blog to get free stuff, but that’s far from true.  Some do, of course, but not the majority.

I blogged for some events because I genuinely like the events and designers, not because I wanted free stuff.  Free stuff was nice, of course, but not necessary for me.

I don’t generally buy fatpacks of anything (even shoes!).  Mostly because I’m cheap. 😛   But also because I try to pick colors that will provide a variety of options, the same as I do in RL.

I don’t own 14 colors of the same sweater in RL, and the same is true in SL.  So when I started blogging for a few events and I got fatpacks of everything, the inventory got overwhelming pretty quickly.

I understand why the designers do it that way – they have no idea what other items you’re going to blog, and giving you a variety of options means more chances that you’ll choose to include one of their items.

But I have no idea how fashion bloggers keep track of their massive inventories.  Hats off to them, because I couldn’t do it. 😀

These days, I buy what I like (an in & out shopper, that’s me!) and I delete what I don’t want or need.

I do wish there was some sort of ‘Goodwill’ in SL for transfer items.  I have plenty of quality items that I could get rid of, but no one to give them to.  😦

If I could just box them up and drop them off somewhere, so that someone would get some use out of them, that would be amazing!

Sure, I could sell them on MP, but that’s a lot of work for not much return.  I don’t need L$ for them, I just hate to delete them if someone else could use them.

Oh, I know it would never work.  Set up a ‘thrift shop,’ where people could drop items set for sale to $0L, restrict to avatars who are less than 30 days old.  But then people would just make new avis, get all the stuff for free, and then sell it on MP for a profit.

Do I sound cynical? 😛

I guess there’s nothing to do but start deleting.

*Dives into the pile of boxes and starts sorting*

Inventory Sorting Challenge

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The other day I was moaning about how my inventory has ballooned to almost 38K items.  (I know, I know, that’s a drop in the bucket for some of you.) 😛

I try diligently to keep my inventory around the 30K range, so it’s starting to make me a bit twitchy that it’s getting so high.

I usually end up doing a marathon sorting/purging session, where I rez/wear items and then delete, box, or keep them.  Some things have sentimental value, some things I actually use, and some I box because I’m convinced I might need them someday. 😀

So, to make it a bit more fun, I’ve decided to combine my sorting/purging with blogging and photography.

The biggest folder in my inventory (besides shoes!) is my ‘building stuff’ folder.  This is where I stuff everything that I think I might use in a set for a routine.  Furniture, lights, landscaping items, vehicles, holiday decor – you name it, it’s probably in there.

It hasn’t been cleaned out in, well –  it has never been cleaned out.  😛

So I’m sure there are items that I can delete, or at the very least box up.  Some because they are just outdated, some because they aren’t copy/mod, and some because I have no idea why I kept them in the first place. 😛

The other day I came across an alphabet blogging challenge.  The challenge is to use only items in your posts/photos that all begin with the same letter.

I thought it would be fun to combine the alphabet challenge with my inventory sorting.  So, as I sort/purge, I will be trying to create scenes for a picture using items that all start with the same letter.

That should be easy, right?  😀

P.S. I started sorting Christmas stuff, because that seemed like a good place to start.  If I haven’t used it since last Christmas, I probably don’t need it, right?  I found a 21-prim snowman lurking in there.  He’s gone now – and his 21 prims!! 😀

Running Out of Space?

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Eeep!!

I am a very organized person.  I don’t like clutter and I am a big fan of only keeping what you need.

Until it comes to pictures and my inventory. 😀

Years ago, I bought a portable/external hard drive for storing photos.  It was 700 GB and I was sure that it would last me forever.  10 years later, I suddenly realized it is almost full.  Yikes!

I keep all my family photos on it, and with my youngest very involved in sports, I have a ton of videos from games and meets. I also keep all my music on it, and when I was moving files around a few days ago, I noticed that it was almost at capacity. 10 years is a pretty good run for a hard drive, and I’ve never (knock on wood) had an issue with it.

My wonderful husband ordered me a new one so that I could retire this one.  The new one is 4 TB, and once again, I am certain that it will last me forever. 😛   Now that I have been taking more and more photos (in SL and RL), I need more storage.  Because when it’s just pixels I’m saving, it doesn’t seem so bad. Right?!

I must say, I am really liking our Amazon Prime membership.  Things that used to take weeks to get here are now here bright and early on Monday mornings, before 7am.  That’s pretty amazing, imho.  Which means that my brand spankin’ new hard drive is now sitting on the counter, waiting to be installed. 😀

Even though pixel/digital storage is relatively cheap and plentiful, it isn’t endless.  For example, with my free WordPress account, I get 3GB of storage for photos and videos.  After blogging for about a year and half, I’ve used 11% of that 3 GB.  I could probably continue to upload my photos to WordPress for some time without worrying about hitting that limit.

However, since I’ve been taking more photos and sharing them here, I recently started uploading my photos to Flickr and then embedding them into my blog.  Flickr gives me 1 TB of free storage with my free account, and again, it doesn’t seem likely that I will ever use it up.

I’m not sure that embedding my photos from Flickr saves me all that much time (maybe 30 secs of upload/clicking time?).  I guess that does add up over the course of a year or so. Except that, of course, as soon as I started doing that, Flickr changed their embed code to include an obnoxious script that plasters unwanted and unnecessary information all over my beautiful photos!  Good thing I figured out how to get rid of the annoying script. 😀

So today on my to-do list is installing my new hard drive, my new wireless mouse, and spending some time sorting out the black hole my inventory has become lately.  I need to free up some space for more shoes. 😛

Tips For Taming Your Messy Inventory Pt. 2

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In the last post, I talked about the basics of inventory organization and the importance of using sub-folders.

Hopefully you have made some progress sorting your items and getting rid of unnecessary landmarks, photos, and notecards.

In this post, I want to show you how I organize folders with large amounts of items and the reasoning behind the sort.

I’ll also cover how to store older items and how to make outfits.

Let’s get started!

Animations

I have a few folders that contain a metric ton of items.

These include my dance animations folder, my costumes folder, and my ‘stuff for building’ folder. 😀

As a dancer, I have a ton of animations that I’ve collected over the years.

While I could certainly lower my inventory count substantially by boxing up my animations, I don’t.

Well, I do box them, but I also keep them in my inventory. 🙂

(This information only applies if you have copyable animations, which of course you do, right?)

My reasoning is this: Previously, with dance HUDs, you would load the animations into the HUD, and then you really no longer needed them to be accessible in your inventory.

The two dance HUDs I use most now (The Artiste and Spot On PD), are made so that I make a new copy of the HUD for each routine/performance.

That means I need to load the animations I use in the performance into the HUD.

I could rez a HUD (or a box), take the anims I need into inventory, rez my new HUD, and then load the anims into it, but that’s a lot of extra steps and time.

(I do box up all of my animations and store them on my land, but that’s as a precaution against SL ‘eating’ them, rather than inventory count savings.)

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Organized by Store

When you organize your animations folder, I would recommend that you organize them by store/creator name.

Each store folder may or may not have sub-folders, depending on whether I purchased dance packs or not.

Why do it this way?

Simple.

IP replacements.

If I just dumped all my animations into one big folder, they would sort according to the name of the animation.

Sometimes you can tell by the name of the dance where you bought it, but not always.

However, if they were organized in one big folder and an IP replacement happened (like the big one several months ago), you would have no way to easily or quickly know which animations were replaced (in error, usually).

The IP replaced anims, which are now all named IP *****, will sort by name into a different place in your folder.

Since I have mine organized by store name, I can at least tell which vendor’s anims were affected (in case I need to contact them) and possibly even which animations.

Also, it lets you see pretty quickly if you have already purchased a particular animation from a store – with so many animations, it’s easy to lose track.

Now, this way of organizing may not work for you, and that’s fine.

As long as it makes sense to you, and you can find things when you need them, it’s all good. 🙂

One last thing – I don’t use the system ‘Animations’ folder to store my animations.

I reserve that folder for AOs and old dance HUDs.

Which I should probably box up, since I rarely use them anymore. 😛

Costumes

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So many costumes!

The way I have sorted my costumes into folders may make no sense to anyone but me.

They are sorted by genres, with some that don’t seem to fit any folders left to float.

I freely admit that I am a costume hoarder.

I had so many costumes they were just getting unmanageable.

Some I was hanging onto for sentimental reasons – my first solo, my first dance at a certain theater, a favorite performance, etc.

But the reality is that I likely won’t wear a costume I got in 2010 again. :/

I had to box them up.

Since I own a wardrobe system, I took pictures of everything, tagged them, and then boxed up the items.

I then put those boxes in a storage box. 🙂

I still probably have way too many costumes in my inventory, but you never know what you’ll need!

Building Stuff

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All the things!

Because I perform, I also have a ton of decor items to use as props.

Some are large, like entire buildings, some are small, like wall art or bottles, for example.

Again, the way I have them organized may not make sense to others.

That’s ok. 🙂

Just figure out a way to organize things into folders that makes sense to YOU.

I have a lot of folder (categories) and I still have things that I can’t decide go better one place or another.

So I leave them to float until I figure it out.

Under my Decor Items folder, for example, you will find books, statues, vases, and various other tchotchkes.

I have a folder for lighting, a folder for fountains, etc.

You get the idea.

A project on my to-do list is to photograph and categorize the ‘building stuff’ folder using my wardrobe system, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get that done. 😛

Besides, I’m constantly collecting items.

Now that mesh is everywhere, I probably could/should go and delete some old items that are primmy or just not that great looking.

Another project!

Storage Options

One way to help with inventory bloat is to box up old items.

If you don’t own a wardrobe organizing system, Auryn Beorn has a great post on a simple way to box up your items.

Following her system, you can link a bunch of boxes (set to convex hull to save LI) and then fill up the linked prims.

At the end of the process, you have one item in your inventory that you can rez and then reopen the linked boxes if necessary to retrieve your items.

It would never have occurred to me to do it this way, but it’s sheer genius. 🙂

Another option is to buy some scripted storage boxes.

I have some inexpensive ($10L) ones I found on MP.

You drop in the items you want to store in the boxes and then the script allows you click on the box, click to the item you want, and then have that item delivered to your inventory.

Easy!

Whichever system works best for you, it’s a simple way to help reduce that inventory bloat.

If you have a hard time deciding what needs boxing, you can use the search filters to help sort by date acquired.

For instance, I plan to sort out items to delete or box by filtering the search to any items that I acquired over two years (730 days) ago.

If I haven’t used it in two years, odds are I won’t be, so I am probably safe to box it up or delete it. 🙂

Outfits

MakeanOutfit
Create outfit

The last item I want to cover is making outfits.

If you want to save all the items you’re wearing into an outfit that you can wear again, you create an outfit.

Click on the little t-shirt icon to bring up with outfit window.

Click on the ‘wearing’ tab, then click ‘save as’ and give your new outfit a name.

Doing this will create a folder (with the name you typed) in the system ‘outfits’ folder.

In the olden days, you had to manually make outfits by moving all the pieces and parts into a folder.

If you had a no-copy item, then sometimes it was hard to remember where you put things.

Using the outfit creator makes a folder with links to all the items, not the actual items themselves.

So your shoes, for example, can remain in your shoes folder, but your outfit folder will have a link to them.

This way, it’s possible to save various outfits for quick changes.

You could have a formal outfit, a casual outfit, a beach outfit – the list is endless. 🙂

Once you have created the outfit, you leave the folders in the system ‘outfit’ folder, or you can move the folder to any other folder in your inventory.

Moving the newly created outfit folder will not break any of the links inside.

Outfits
I need to clean!

Moving folders containing the original items doesn’t break the links either.

Once you delete the item from trash, however, the link is broken.

You generally get a pop-up warning that the item is linked before you delete it, but be careful!

One thing to be aware of, since the goal here is to reduce inventory bloat – links count as items.

That’s another job on my to-do list – to delete old outfit folders!

I organize them into sub-folders by date, so I know approximately how old they are.

Things move a lot faster in SL, so odds are that items I bought and wore back in December 2014 probably aren’t high on my ‘wear this’ list in July. 😛

One Last Trick

One last little inventory tip/trick, especially for you bloggers out there!

Someone mentioned this on Plurk and I felt like a complete idiot for not knowing it. :/

If you are blogging an outfit and you need a list of everything you’re wearing, open the create outfits window.

Click on the wearing tab (like you’re creating a new outfit).

Instead of ‘save as,’ click on the gear icon in the lower left of the window.

A pop-up box will appear and one of the options is ‘copy outfit list to clipboard.’

Click this and all your worn items can now be pasted into your blog post.

You will likely have to format it, but all the items will be listed.

This has saved me tons of time and eye strain, clicking back and forth between my blog editor and my inventory window, trying to make sure I don’t miss anything!

That’s it for tips on how to tame your messy inventory.

I hope you discovered a few new tricks and I encourage you to stay on top of organizing your inventory.

Happy sorting!

Tips For Taming Your Messy Inventory

Image Source: simrestartsecondlife.blogspot.com
Image Source: simrestartsecondlife.blogspot.com

Have you ever bought something you ‘had to have’ and then promptly lost it in your mess of an inventory?

Wouldn’t it be great if someone could organize your inventory for you?

I wish that offering my services as an ‘inventory organizer’ in SL was possible, but since that would require sharing passwords (which is a violation of TOS), it won’t be happening. 😦

So, I’m going to do the next best thing and show you some easy steps you can take to organize your inventory.

I use Firestorm, so that’s what the pictures will show.

However, you should be able to do most/all of the same things using the official viewer as well.

The Basics

Inventory
Some basic folders

The first thing you have to do is decide what type of sorting scheme makes the most sense to you.

For me, I sort items by type – clothing, body parts, scripts, animations, etc.

Maybe you want to sort by store name or something else – whatever you choose, just be consistent.

There are some ready-made system folders, you can make your own folders, or you can use a combination (which is what I do).

The default for sorting folders is that the ‘system’ folders to the top.

I don’t like that, so I change my sort to be by name.

If you click on the gear icon in the lower left of the inventory window, you will see all the different sorting options.

The other thing to know, when you sort by folder name, is that using characters in the folder name will affect how they are sorted.

Have you ever noticed that items like .:Store Name:. get sorted differently than {Store Name}?

A handy little guide to how ASCII characters (like ., :, and {}) get sorted can be found here.

The highest sorting ASCII symbol is !.

So if you name your folder !Clothes, it will sort that folder to the top of the list (assuming no other folders have ! at the beginning).

(Just FYI, the { symbol actually gets sorted AFTER the other symbols and letters of the alphabet – so that would be a good symbol to use when naming folders you don’t use often.)

When you’re making folders, it’s also good to use sub-folders.

While having a large inventory can cause issues, the most issues occur when you have a ‘flat’ inventory.

That is, you have the inventory folder and no sub-folders.

To avoid headaches with your inventory not loading, and also so you can find things, it’s good to get in the habit of using sub-folders.

Sub-Folders

When you sort inventory, it’s best to have two inventory windows open.

Then you can easily move items from one window/folder to another and avoid that pesky ‘droplosting‘!

Clothing Sub Folders
Sub-Folders

I use sub-folders for lots of things, including clothing, animations, and building – probably my three largest inventory folders. 🙂

Here you can see the sub-folders I have made under the ‘Clothing’ folder.

I have separated my mesh clothing from my clothing that uses systems layers.

Under the @Mesh Clothes folder, you’ll find folders for Dresses, Pants, Skirts, etc.

I have a separate sub-folder for jewelry, and of course, one for shoes.

In the clothing folder, I can also find accessories (hats, scarves, bags, etc.) and nail appliers.

Again, how you decide to sort/organize doesn’t matter – just do it in a way that makes sense to you. 😛

You can also have sub-folders within sub-folders within sub-folders (did that make your brain hurt?).

Shoes Inventory Expanded
Shoes!

As you can see, under the ‘Shoe’ folder, I have a number of sub-folders, based on the type of shoe.

I used to use my N-Core the most, so they are sorted to the top.

I now use my Maitreya/Slink shoes more often, but they appear near the top, so I haven’t renamed my folders as yet.

I also used to separate shoe packs that had both Slink and Maitreya versions into different folders.

However, that got to be time-consuming, as well as adding to the number of items (because I would copy HUDs, for example, to each folder).

So now those shoes go into their own combined sub-folder.

Some items come with so many pieces, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

Just start slow, and work at organizing bit by bit.

If you get overwhelmed (or just sick of moving folders!), take a break and go do something else.

It will still be there when you get back. 😀

Inventory Bloat

If you want to reduce the number of items in your inventory, there are a few items that you can sort pretty quickly and easily.

Those include notecards, landmarks, snapshots, and textures.

SearchFilters
Filters

When you buy an item, you will typically find the item, perhaps a texture/photo of the item, and a LM to the store.

If you buy from the same stores repeatedly, you end up with lots of copies of the same NC’s and LM’s.

One of the easiest way to find and delete these duplicates is to use the search/filter features.

So, for example, if I wanted to search my inventory for all LM’s to Purple Moon, I could type Purple Moon in the search box, and then only click the box next to landmarks in the filters box.

Then you could delete all the duplicate landmarks you find.

You can also store landmarks within a notecard.

You just drag and drop the LM into the notecard.

I used to do this regularly.

However, because landmarks seem to change so frequently, these days I generally just use my teleport history to find the landmark I need.

You can also save snapshots and textures in a notecard (as long as they are full perm).

I have a texture organizer for my building textures, but for personal items like snapshots, profile pictures, etc., I use a notecard to store those.

My Photo Album folder only has about 4 notecards in it.

Within those notecards are tons of photos and textures that I want to keep.

But since I have saved them IN a notecard, I only have that one item in my inventory, rather than 100’s of pictures.

NC within NC
Spacesaver

Did you know you can also save a notecard within a notecard? 😀

For example, with my blog, I have interviewed a lot of dancers.

I don’t want to delete the various notecards that were exchanged, but I don’t need them clogging up my inventory either.

So, I saved each notecard into a master notecard.

That way, I can access the original notecards if I need to, but I can lower my inventory count by doing this.

This is also how I store my old choreography notecards.

So I can access them when I need/want to, but I don’t have 1000’s of notecards just sitting in my inventory.

(The notecards need to be full perm in order to be saved within a notecard.)

Next Steps

I hope these simple tips helped you with organizing your inventories.

I have a few more tips and tricks to share, but since this post is already lengthy, I will save them for the next post.

Stay tuned for tips on sorting dance animations, costumes, different storage options, how to make outfits, and more!