I’ve always whined and groaned about my bursting inventory but never had the guts to do anything about it. If you’re anything like a large percentage of sl-ers, the idea of inventory sorting usually brings upon that “ARGH” face – I completely get it; I’m like that too! I feel your pain! But there comes a time for everyone when enough is enough, and I know my time is here because I can no longer remember what’s inside that deep black hole also known as my inventory.
Finally I decided to set aside some time to not only sort my inventory but also take screen captures of every single item inside my inventory. Sounds crazy? Me thinks so as well, but I wanted to share my process with you guys so it can serve as a tutorial or a tips and tricks to inventory management – maybe it’ll benefit some of you out there. At the same time, honestly, I hope that by doing this, I’ll actually complete this task and have some form of motivation to finish.
When I initially began sorting, I had about 80k+ items, which is insanely a lot, if I don’t do anything about this, by the next few months with my shopping habits it can easily reach 100k. But what I’m trying to say is, if I can begin this process at 80k, I’m sure most of you can as well! This is by no means the best way to document your inventory, however, if you’re a visual person like I am, this method will help TONS.
That’s the biggest question “Where to begin?”; I find that the least intimidating way to start documenting, is by first doing a rough sorting – just to break down your inventory into very general categories. This initial phase is not to do detailed analysis, but very quick categorizing to help yourself.
I made a folder and labeled it “!Rough Sorting”, the exclamation point keeps it staying right on top of your inventory so you can easily find it. In there I created these rough categories. (I’m using Firestorm Beta Viewer incase anyone is interested) Make your own rough categories, anything that works well for you.
This is the time when you pull out 2 inventory windows and start pulling folders into respective categories using just the names of the folders. A lot of times the names of the items are on the folder itself. For example: “(NO) Floral Pullover Sweater – Pink” This clearly belongs in the tops section. The example below shows how each folder probably already tells you what item it is, if not just expand and check it out.
Don’t worry too much about putting items in the wrong folders, you’ll probably only do that a few times and it’s not a biggie because this is a rough stage. This method is so you categorize without the need to rez/load anything.
So after hours of pushing everything into neat folders, your inventory should look less crazy and intimidating, now you have them like so: (oh! ignore the inventory count – this is after I’ve sorted for a bit so I deleted a buncha stuff, pretend it’s a whooping 80k at the moment)
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You can take a break and you know… get a cup of coffee and just relax. A lot of times most people stop here and go “I’m satisfied by how small my inventory looks right now,” but! Honestly speaking, this is such a rough sorting that you probably will still be confused as to what is what. So this is the time to tell yourself “I CAN DO THIS” and just keep going.
Every time I leave my inventory this way I end up regretting it after a month or two, because it gets messy all over again. So this time I’m being good and continuing… The next stage is a little tedious but it will be worth it!
I’ll be doing Hosiery next, this category for me isn’t too large or too small which is ideal for starting out. If it’s too small you get complacent and lazy after finishing, if it’s too big you lose interest. So I’ll post up the 2nd part real soon, but for the moment why not give this rough sorting a try and feel proud of yourself for being so disciplined?
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