This weekend’s inventory mission: Digging deeper into the shoe rack
Your inventory-sorting mission for this weekend is going to take you back to your shoes again, but it only applies to those of you that have bought fatpacks of shoes and to those that have bought shoes which come with male and female sizes. Those of you that have done neither, just take the first tip given here and apply it to any clothing and accessories you have.
Hop behind the cut for your mission!
First up: the male and female-sized shoe packs. Sometimes you’ll buy a pair of unisex shoes (eg: sneakers) and when you open them, you’re given a male and a female shoe base, and male and female sizes of the actual shoes themselves. Now c’mon. Unless you regularly change your avatar’s gender, you’re only going to be using the male or the female version of those shoes. Ditch the ones for the gender you don’t need, or (if you think you may, for some reason, need the other gender shoes at some point) archive them in a prim. If you have a shoebase and right and left shoes you’ll be saving three inventory items (two, if you choose to archive them, as the archive prim will count as one item).
This also goes for any clothing items that have male and female attachments, such as shirt cuffs, etc. And also jewellery items, belts, etc. Weed out the stuff you won’t wear because it’s too big (male) or small (female) for your avatar!
Secondly, ever bought a fatpack of shoes or boots? Me too. So once you’ve unpacked that fatpack and then unpacked each individual colour etc that’s inside it, what did you do with it? Just shoved the individual folders into your main ! SHOES folder? I hope that by now you did at least remove all the extra landmarks and notecards and posing stands that were in those individual folders. If not, then I’m not training you well enough! ;)
BUT – did you think to look for other duplicates? If the shoes are all the same style, you only need one shoe base, right? And if all the shoes have a foot-hiding invisiprim (or, for those of you using Viewer 2, a foot-hiding alpha mask) then you only need one set or pair of those, too. And yet, you probably have one in every single one of those folders: all duplicates!
Here’s what you do. Make a folder inside your ! SHOES folder. Name it after the fatpack, and maybe put (all colours) at the end, to let you know at a glance that it contains lots of colour variants of the shoe style. Open up a new inventory window (File >New Window) and drag across just one shoe base, and just one set of invisiprims/alpha masks into that main folder. Maybe one store landmark, too, if you don’t already have one. Now delete all the rest of the shoe bases and invisiprims/alpha masks from the individual folders. Don’t forget, too, to delete any shoes for the gender you’re not using (if you don’t switch avatar genders).
Finally, once all you have left are the individual folders containing just the shoe colours, drag those folders into your new fatpack shoes folder. What you should see is something like this:
Note that I have the shoe base and (in this case) the socks that came with each pair of the chucks in the main parent folder, while the different colours of shoe are above them. These chucks came with shoe bases, socks, a landmark, a notecard, and male and female shoes in each folder. By deleting all the extra stuff, I got rid of 40 items, because I only needed one shoe base, one pair of socks, and the female shoes.
When the folders are opened up, you should only see something like this:
A major advantage of this is that, if you’re using invisiprims, you only need to edit one set to fit your feet perfectly, rather than several sets. Now hop to it. Empty your trash before you start, make a note of how many items you have in your inventory, then when you’ve finished deleting all those extra bits, empty your trash again and see how many items you deleted. I’ll bet it’s a lot more than you thought it would be.
Want to see what I threw away from just those chucks folders? All this: