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Inventory Management: Notecards

OK, peeps. Today we’re going to deal with something that invades your inventory without you even giving it a second thought.

When you log in, no doubt like most of us you have lots of inventory offers waiting for you. Notecards, LMs, and (if you’re lucky) group gifts. And, like most of us, you probably accept them all and either read them there and then or deal with them when you get time.

When was the last time you opened up your notecards folder and actually took a long, hard look at how many items it contains? Go do it now; I’ll still be here when you come back, screaming ;)

OK, let’s deal with that. Some of those notecards you’ll want to keep, but the majority of them? You can just throw away. I’m not going to screencap this post, because it’s ridiculously obvious, so hop behind the cut for a quick poke and nudge and a few ideas on organising those gorram notecards that multiply like bunnies!

First of all, you need some organisational folders. As always, I suggest typing the folder name in ALL CAPITALS and putting an exclamation point at the beginning, followed by at least one space. So, you need to think what kind of notecards you’d want to keep, and create folders for those. Some suggestions:

! NOTES FROM (name of your partner)

If you own a store, you may want folders such as:


And so forth. Really, the folders that you create will depend entirely on what you want to keep. Instructions should be the place for all of those notecards telling you how to use this or that item (or, conversely, you might keep those in with that item; it’s up to you). You might want to have a folder with all your landmarks from in-world hunts (see this post for my tip on that!). You might want to keep a folder for Sales/Hunts I Don’t Want To Miss (but keep an eye on that one and clean it out as soon as each sale/hunt is over). Or, if you’re battling against horrible neighbours, then it might be a good idea to notecard your abuse reports and keep a folder for those, too.

Open up a new inventory window (File > New Window) and drag across from your main Notecards folder into your newly-created folders all the notecards you want to keep. Then, start deleting the rest. You may find a few more that remind you of new folders you want to create, but in the main, just trash all of those “This week’s special offer!” notecards you got from your favourite stores several weeks ago.

Now is also a good time to filter your entire inventory (File > Show Filters, check the ‘None’ button and then check just the Notecards radio button) and go through deleting all the extraneous notecards you have in various folders and packages. Once you’ve used one resize script, you pretty much know how to use them all (and if you need to remember that an item is script-resize you can always append a code of your own making to the end of the folder name).

How many notecards did you delete? Mar keeps on top of hers, deleting and filing each newly-arrived batch before she logs out these days, but when she first looked in there she got rid of several hundred!


November 13, 2010 - Posted by | inventory management, second life


  1. Something I thought of (which probably isn’t original) is that I made a notecard for organizing all my landmarks into things like clothes, skins, favorite places to visit, and so on. It’s a handy way to look up what I want in just one place instead of trying to remember what I did with it :)

    Comment by Cheyenne Carousel | November 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Sorry for the delay in approving your comment, Cheyenne! I’ve been away from my computer for a few days.

      Notecards are an excellent tool for organising landmarks, with the added bonus that when you click an LM in a notecard it’ll pop open, but not clutter up your inventory. It’s like having your very own location Rolodex ;)

      Comment by Mar | November 26, 2010 | Reply

  2. I was shopping through the marketplace, and I came upon this item completely by accident(!), and I thought of your blog ❤

    Comment by Cheyenne Carousel | December 22, 2010 | Reply

    • I bought those some time ago, Cheyenne, and they’re excellent organisational tools! I especially love the hovering text that you can page through, saving you from having to wait while the contents tab populates.

      Sadly, they’re out of the price remit of this blog (I only blog about items up to the value of L$75) but I do agree that they’re brilliant things to have :)

      Comment by Mar | December 25, 2010 | Reply

  3. Great suggestions! I’d always wanted to peek at the inventory of someone with some organizational skillz, since mine is an absolute disaster. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Nya | January 13, 2011 | Reply

    • You’re welcome, Nya, and thanks! Although, um, don’t be too quick to praise my organisational skills because I can be as lax as anyone else when I’m feeling lazy ;)

      Comment by Mar | January 14, 2011 | Reply

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