Help! I Can’t Find My Stuff!

Or, Inventory Management in Second Life

When you create your Second Life (SL) account and log in for the first time, your Inventory has approximately 150 objects in it: clothes, shape, skin, etc.; in short, everything that makes you you.

As you accumulate more stuff, your inventory grows. Eventually, you’ll  reach the point where you’ll want to find something, only to end up asking yourself “Now where the heck did I put that thing, anyway?”

Here’s an example: I just created a brand-new account using a classic, bare-bones avatar. Jenny is a well-dressed business executive:


This is her initial inventory. It has 143 items (NOTE: The “3463 elements” notice at the bottom includes all the items in her Library folder, which every SL account comes with).

inventory 1

Again, I’m using the latest version of the Firestorm viewer, just because. Both Firestorm and the official SL viewer do a pretty good job of organizing your inventory by various classes. But what if you have an inventory item that doesn’t fit into any of the given categories (folders)? What if you don’t want your Body Parts folder to be all jumbled, with hair, eyes, shapes, skins, etc. all tangled together?

Here’s the secret: you can create new folders in your inventory! And you can create subfolders within those new folders! Here’s my inventory:

aisling's inventory'

As you can see, I have 1653 items in my inventory. I’ve also organized them into various new folders. For example, under Body Parts, I created a Hair folder, and inside that folder, there’s one for my A&A hair styles.

I’ve done the same for various other body parts:

aisling's inventory 2

Even these folders have subfolders. You can chalk it up to my OCD, or just take it for what it is: a way for me to quickly find exactly what I’m looking for.

Just remember one thing: the longer you wait before organizing your inventory, that harder it will be when you finally get around to it.

See you next time!

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