Inventory sorting: I’m on a mission!
OK, I had to clear my cache last time I was on SL, and when I logged today I sat here for flipping EVER while I waited for it to load. The horrendous total that greeted my eyes was just short of 30,000 items.
I have a 30K inventory O_o
Something needs to be done, damn it. And the first thing I did was open up a few of those folders to take a peek, and I asked myself the same questions I ask when I’m reluctant to throw anything out of my RL wardrobe: “Well, are you ever gonna really wear that? When was the last time you did wear it. Do you even like it?”
The simple answers to those questions were: “Nope. God knows; I can’t remember! Um, probably not.”
Buuuuuut-but-but-BUT! If you’re anything like me, you just hate throwing things out, right? Never know when they may come in handy, yeah? Which is why that old t-shirt that’s three sizes too small is mouldering and growing new lifeforms down the back of your wardrobe, under the piles of shoes and old smelly trainers that you tell yourself you’ll keep for ‘dirty jobs’ like painting and gardening…
Yeah, yeah. Every excuse under the sun. No more. I’m cracking my knuckles and getting stuck in.
Step 1: Delete the obvious.
I have all the Eloh skins, in all the colours. Each set of skins comes with the same eyebrows, the same two licensing and info notecards, and the same LM to Eloh’s Another Shop store. While I’m realistically not going to wear all of those skins, I’m going to be boxing them up for a free girl’s starter kit very soon, so I don’t want to archive them just yet. However, I only need one of those licensing notecards and one of those LMs, and one full set of the eyebrows. So I’m deleting the others. I’m also deleting all the ‘hovertext’, ‘floating text’, and ‘hovering text’ scripts that I can find via search, and as many of those “thanks for buying my stuff!” notecards that don’t have any useful things in them, such as a landmark I might not have.
Step 2: Make a LOT of boxes.
I’m going to be archiving everything I don’t want, rather than just deleting it. So, rather than rezzing a new box every time, I’m rezzing one box, then holding down shift and dragging a new box from that one. Selecting those two, I shift-drag to create two more. Link those four, shift-drag… now I have eight. You get the picture. Much quicker to click each one in turn than to create it. And because I like little details, I put a nice wooden crate texture on the first box before I started creating all the others.
Step 3: Start archiving.
This is the bit that takes ages, but my inventory is fairly-well divided and sub-divided into folders by now, so I can open up each folder and archive them all in turn. First to go? Oh God, those freebie animations that we all have. Why do I keep THOSE?! I never use them. Well they’re going into one of those boxes, damn it.
Step 4: Little and often.
I’m not going to get bogged down in this, but there’s going to come a time when I’m sick of doing it. That time will, I suspect, be when I’m at the stage of having to try on outfits to see what they are (one good reason why I never delete the snapshots that content creators put in with their creations: they help me to see exactly what’s in that folder!) So once that point comes, I’ll take it five outfits at a time. The stuff I’ve not worn in ages, or that doesn’t fit with Mar’s image as she looks now, I’ll archive.
I’d already archived and deleted a load of skins by the time I took this little screenshot, but this is where I am right now:
The animations are currently going into an archive box. Gestures (which I never use but seem to have hundreds of) will be next. Let’s see if I can get down to 25K by the end of today…
ETA: Well, it took a while, but I did it! I’m down below 25K at last, and here’s the proof:
Poor Mar sits down to have a break: