Organising our Second Life inventory is always a hot topic, so finding new ways to do it or getting tips or advice from others are always welcome. Until I found my (CTS) Wardrobe, how I organised my inventory worked to an extent.

One of my biggest problem was with poses and backdrops. I buy a pose when I see it and generally won’t use it on that same day, so I forget about it. Now I have so many of them that I can’t remember what they are or from who. Just today, I was looking for a pose I knew I bought last week but couldn’t remember the brand name. It took me 30 minutes of Flickr browsing to find it. As for Backdrops, I stopped buying them for a while because of the same problem. I probably have used a third of what I own. At this point, it is easier to buy a new pose that will work with the picture I have in mind or LumiPro will do the job.

Surely there is a better way to organise Poses and Backdrops?

This is how my Animations folder looks like:

How to organise your poses and backdrops?

It’s kinda organised but if I’m looking for a specific pose, I have no idea where to look.

I used to organise poses with categories:

How to organise your poses and backdrops?

It didn’t make things any easier and lost track.

Recently I tried to make note of what I was buying.

How to organise your poses and backdrops?

Even if taking a screenshot doesn’t take long, it’s still an extra step and couldn’t imagine how it would look like once I had 100s of them in one note. I could create a note for each brand as I tend to buy often from certain brands, but again, I wasn’t convinced with that system.

I thought about doing it in my (CTS) Wardrobe, but you know … time and all that … never got around to do it until someone on Facebook wanted to know how other Second Life residents organised their poses and backdrops? It was time to test my idea.

The easiest way by far is (CTS) Wardrobe and this is how it looks like:

how to organise poses and backdrops with cts my wardrobe sl

Isn’t it refreshing to see them like this?

I have two main categories, backdrop and poses, then I created tags for brands so that I can show stuff from one brand only for example. I also have a tag for Male poses and a tag for Couples. I’d probably create others ones for Group poses, and I guess you could go deeper by creating tags such as drinking poses, sitting, leaning, etc. just as long as they are different from the fashion and props ones. Then, it’s all there at one glance depending on the tag(s) you select. I only have a few so far but can you see the potential when you have 100s of them?

Then it’s just a matter of looking for the folder:

How to organise your SL poses and backdrops?

As I’ve explained before, (CTS) Wardrobe is not a miracle and it would take quite a long time to enter 100s of poses and backdrops. It will take even more time if the pose doesn’t have a picture, which at this stage I would skip them. I’ve noticed I have a few Foxcity folders that have no pics but I’m sure I could find a pic on her Flickr account. It would take time, but doable. For some, I could look through the Marketplace. Of course it is much easier when there is a square picture in the folder that you can save which so far I found that Foxcity, K&S and LW all have. Others I had to resize and some I had to use a screenshot.

With the new Wardrobe update, all brands using Caspervend can contact CTS to get a script to add to their package that will allow us to unpack and the package would be added automatically to the Wardrobe. I’m not sure how it works because none of the brands I buy from are doing it and not sure how it would work for poses and backdrops since we’re not actually wearing them.

Please note that I’m not affiliated with the CTS brand. I am just a big fan of their products and I absolutely love the (CTS) Wardrobe (click here for my review). I simply cannot imagine my Second life without it now. (Find it on the Marketplace)

What do you think about using the (CTS) wardrobe to organise poses and background? Or maybe CTS could come up with a special Wardrobe for just poses and backdrops? I wonder how Carlyle would feel about the idea.

How do you organise yours? Any tips you would like to share?