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De-Clutter Now for More Playtime Later

Here are five tips for inventory management.
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The following is a transcript of " Traveling Avatar's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life," a podcast from The audio program is available via RSS feed here and at's podcast home page.

Will Ross here, welcome to

The Traveling Avatar's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Better Second Life

. On this show we discuss tips and tricks for the game Second Life, created by Linden Labs.

Today on the show we're going to give you five quick tips for organizing your inventory.

Proper inventory management will make your Second Life a lot easier because you'll spend less time searching for your inventory, leaving you a lot more time to actually play the game. But before we start, here's a neat little trick. If you need to find every object you have on, just search for the word "worn." It will show you every item you're currently wearing. And now, on to the tips.

Building Debris

Search for and check anything named "Object." Most of these will turn out to be single prim boxes from unfinished building projects and can be safely thrown away. After a few months in Second Life everyone ends up accumulating a couple of these. I had 127 on them.

Empty Folders/Empty Boxes

Look inside all of your folders. Most stores will give you a folder with a landmark and a notecard when you buy an item even if the item comes in a box. Move the landmarks to your "Landmarks" folder if you want them, and then get rid of those folders. Do the same thing with empty shopping bags and boxes for items you've already unpacked.

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Landmarks and Notecards

Go through your landmarks and notecards and eliminate all doubles. Get rid of instructions for items you no longer have and landmarks for shops you don't have any interest in going back to. This is one of the most fun parts of inventory cleaning because it's like a little look into your Second Life history.

You're bound to have accumulated notecards from past drama, landmarks from clubs that are no longer open, and a few notecards with bits of information you can't even remember why you needed. I keep all of this stuff, because I've made a few mistakes that I like to remind myself of. Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.

Snapshots and Textures

This is another walk-down-memory-lane part of inventory management. Look at your old snapshots and textures. Delete any of them that you don't need anymore, and then name every texture and snapshot. This is a major pain in the tush part, but it makes it much easier to find what you're looking for in the future. Then make it a habit to name photos after you shoot them.

Search and Destroy

Last, it's time for the worst part of inventory management: sorting. Figure out the system you're going to use to organize and then set up folders for it. Open a second inventory window and then go through your folders one by one, dragging items where they belong.

Delete copies of items that you don't need. If you don't want an item and it's a no transfer, delete it. If you can transfer it, consider having a yard sale to sell some of your old items. Or just do what I do, the next time you see someone who looks like a newbie, toss them some of your older items. Trust me -- it helps with the second life karma, making it less likely that you'll be reincarnated as a camping chair.

Finally, start using good inventory management in your every day Second Life. It takes a little longer when you're shopping, but having an organized inventory saves you time in the long run not having to use the search functions to find your loot.

That's it for this episode! So until next time, remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Especially if they cut that cure with baking soda. Then it's worth ... like ... twice as much.

Will Ross, a Second Life explorer and professional slacker, writes and records the

Traveling Avatar articles and podcasts. Following a stint in college where he came dangerously close to earning a degree in history, Will Ross spent countless hours of his life in a number of online worlds including Worlds of Warcraft, Everquest, Ultima Online, and City of Heroes before making a permanent home on Eldoe Island in Second Life. To request a topic or share a tip, send an email to or call 206-888-MYSL.