As I approach my first rez day I realize that almost everything I accumulated during my first 6 months in Second Life is rarely, if ever, used. The clothing I got mostly sucks. I've replaced the AO with a better, more sophisticated, unified AO/Dance Hud. Pretty much everything I use I've acquired in the last 6 months or more recently.
probably a pretty good bet that the average avatar could delete
everything in their inventory over 6 months old and never miss a thing.
Of course, I am not suggesting that but I would suggest a regular and
thorough purge of all inventory items no longer useful. SL inventories,
especially for us avid shoppers, grow quite rapidly.
current inventory contains over 16,000 items and I would guess I may
use or refer to less than 5% of that. I like to keep all my landmarks
(organized hierarchically), many of my notecards (for reference),
animations & gestures, etc. but regularly delete as much as I
can. Honestly, I wish I were more ruthless in my inventory cleaning. If I
were starting all over again I sure would not have picked up so many
freebies but I guess it's all a part of the great big learning curve
that never ends.
One other aspect of this inventory
cleanup tip is to get a good backup system. Invest a little time and
money into storage boxes of some sort. Offload as many intentory items
as you can into an out-of-inventory storage system, preferably one that
can be accessed out-of-world. I use the OD Inventory Management System
but cannot really enthusiastically recommend it. The cost is a one-time
L$2600 with no monthly fee and a web-based out-of-world access/search
system that is pretty cool but the actual process of creating the boxes
is tedious and error prone.
Other systems are available, most expensive and some with a monthly fee. The Bright Inventory Box and aptly named Inventory Box look like two less expensive alternatives that might suit most people's needs.