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Title: Cleaning up
Post by: macthekat on August 20, 2008, 07:02:56 pm
Lets here all about your cleaning up in your download folder or in your stuff ingame.


I personally just deleted 200 objects ingame - not recolours but objects. I need to target the recolours of my remaining objects then I am done cleaning. Right now my target is to delete at least 350 objects before I start on the deco-objects and I want 500 objects out of that folder - at least. I find that counting the objects I delete is very motivating - almost like having your time taken on this or that task.

So my advise if you are cleaning out stuff is:
- Count the things you are getting rid of
- put on music or a podcast on then you are doing it
- tell people how many objects you got rid of - they will pad you for being good and getting rid of stuff - I am now down to: 11,4 GB = download folder

EDIT - I just delted 200 objects from my seating folder - gosh there is a lot of badly made chairs and beds

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: gerbera on August 21, 2008, 05:15:34 am
Wow, congrats on getting rid off so many files  :OK: I still haven't found out what is making my gam crash, so I might start with a completely new downloads folder ... I think I wanted to do it anyways when AL comes out, so it is not that bad. I will just keep the things I love the most and would redownload anyways, like Holy Simoly furnitures, All About Style clothes, etc.

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: macthekat on August 21, 2008, 05:30:36 am
that sounds like a good idea then - sometimes it is nice to start over - I just did that with my clothes

127 deleted tables

342 deleted deco objects

Download folder: 11,3 GB now and all in all more then 850 deleted objects

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: deelee4952 on August 21, 2008, 03:09:34 pm
Wow, you are doing a great job getting rid of stuff! That's so hard for me to do - there are a lot of meshes I want out of my game, but I have a hard time just taking the time to do it! :(

I've decided to start over too because I also had something that was crashing my game, and the thought of going thru all those downloads to find it was just too over whelming for me!!

So my idea now is too just download a few things I know I'm going to use, then I'll go shopping for new downloads as needed. I think this may be fun because it will be like shopping for wallpaper, flooring, and furniture in real life when you start decorating a home.

I plan to keep my downloads at a maximum of 3 gigs and try to have more recolors than new meshes (And I love new meshes)  ;D


Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: jbaygirl0 on August 22, 2008, 05:06:42 am
My game keeps crashing and there is no way i am reinstalling! Got over 8 gigs of downloads, so i have put them all in a separate folder on the desktop and going 100 files at a time, using custom content manager. That program shows me the error files but delphy's download organiser does not. We'll see. i have a lot of badly made things in game they must go :)

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: silentspring01 on August 22, 2008, 08:59:31 pm
Recently, my game was going incredibly slowly so I decided to delete some of my downloads. I have almost 4GB's worth, all unorganized, so I just deleted a bunch of files at random. I'm probably going to regret this, but I haven't noticed anything missing so far.

I wish that deleting the files in-game didn't take so long! Otherwise, it'd actually be a great way to get rid of things you don't need, since it'd be easier to see them. When I look at the images of the files using Clean Installer, I get a picture of the mesh/recolor but in separate pieces, which often makes it hard to even tell what it is.

One of these days, I have to organize my downloads to make cleaning easier... :-\

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: lpvinyl21 on August 29, 2008, 06:11:14 pm
Ok I am doing taking the plunge and starting over  :hehe: I just installed AL and I have all EP's and SP's now and my game was taking soooo long to load also something was causing the game to crash whenever I went to create a family/buy clothing/change the look of my sim so clearly something to do with body shop since body shop also crash everytime I try to open it plus I found some Maxis furniture that was being overridden by some other CC, in short my game is a mess and I am as much as it pains me to get rid of over 9 GB of CC its just much easier this way.

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: declandabest on August 29, 2008, 08:53:59 pm
props to you guys for clearing out your downloads ! i had mine taken away from me by the nasty freetime patch a while ago, and now my downloads folder is more organized than...something very organized ! :P i used to have roughly 22,000 downloads, i dunno how many gigs that is, but now my folder is down to about 2 gigs, and i can definitely see a difference in my game.

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Akilaloes on August 30, 2008, 03:46:49 pm
I used to have 12GB of CC in my game, but then the pc crashed, and I lost everything.
Now that I installed the game again I have a lil more then 3GB (only objects) no hair/clothe/make up w.e.

Now I'm keeping it clean, so I don't have useless stuff on my folder  :OK:

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: magnoliae on August 31, 2008, 02:45:27 pm
I just went through and deleted a lot of adult female clothing and hair in preparation for AL since that makes up the bulk of my bodyshop content. I had some ugly outfits in there that I don't even remember downloading! I've made a decision that I'm not going to download any new bodyshop content, I download way too much buy mode stuff to have huge collections of both!

As for weeding out all that buy mode content, I'll just randomly go through a specific section, like armchairs or something, and delete everything in that category that I never use, it works pretty well, I definitely am more picky about what stays in my game now because my game runs a lot better on less downloads

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: starrsim on August 31, 2008, 09:26:22 pm
I trashed my DLs a while ago and have been pretty strict about them now. It takes my game about 20 minutes to load.  :hehe: more play time! :hehe:

I have 3.52 GB of downloads (including zipped items that I haven't added to my game yet) or about 14,200 files. I want to develop a better filing system (right now there are folders for types of downloads such as objects/hair/build mode and then they're subgrouped by artist) and start working on developing more collections, esp for deco objects.

To keep me from becoming a download junkie, I have selected about 7-10 artists that I freely download from, any others I first -test in my game and then decide if I want to hold on to it or not.  :-[

I tend to delete CC if I haven't used it in about 5 game plays. My downloads are a bit larger than I would like at the time since I use a lot of CC for my soap opera, Pahala Shore, but as I don't need the items for the sets I delete them.

My biggest thing right now is going through and deleting hair/clothing meshes that I don't use, or recolors to hair/clothing meshes that I don't have. Since you can't do this during gameplay-except in CAS or bodyshop-this tends to take me longer to do.

I am also trying to be more selective about items in my game and delete those "tacky" CC or recolors (who needs 3 white recolors of the same sofa)

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Adalita on September 01, 2008, 02:57:27 am
I dunno what I am up to at the moment!   :-[ 

Just did a check 6.84 GB 44643 files ( I was up around 17GB at one stage) the compressoriser is my friend

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: macthekat on November 06, 2008, 03:41:44 am
Right now my computer don't work, but one of our friends should fix it tonight. I kind of plan to flush my download folder and all my hoods - perhaps just save my self sim (the girl in the editorial chair). I am going to go mostly maxis. It totally love extracted maxis objects and stuff like that so I am going to only download maxis match and as little other stuff as I can. I will tough download stuff that look maxis like - like the some of the stuff form All Around the Sims and clutter from Garden of Shadows.

Can anyone help me find more extracted maxis and maxis match? I plan to open a finds for it so please if you know any sites post them there :) Thank you for the help

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: tellemonstar on November 13, 2008, 12:21:57 am
I got very organized one day and created separate folders in my downloads folder for everything. This doesn't help much in cleaning out, but it does help when I have something crashing my game, because I know where I've put my most recent downloads. I am considering going through my game and moving all of my sims out then after working out what I really want to keep, deleting everything else. 

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Marbi on November 13, 2008, 03:12:26 am
I really need to do this too. Dont know how much CC I have but its a lot and no sims, cloths or hair things. I will take a closer look and clean up the folder around christmas when I have some vacationdays. I do have a lot of crap in my folder that needs to be sorted out.

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Lilymayrose on April 19, 2009, 03:59:33 am
I spent the entire day tidying up my downloads yesterday. Getting rid of stuff I have never/will never use - that I downloaded on a whim. I've had the game since it's launch and have only just decided to utilise the collection facility within the game itself. I think I read an article in the Living Sims Magazine that suggested it would be a good idea to keep all of your 'decor' items in collections that pertained to the room it would be used in, or it's function ie. 'music clutter', 'art clutter'... so I spent at leats 4 hours trawling through my cc, putting it into specific collections. I have NO clue why I've never considered doing that before :-[

Does anyone else bother to use the collections in the game to create their own?

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: macthekat on April 19, 2009, 04:29:26 am
I use them all the time, otherwise it just take too darn long to decorate anything with the amount of downloads I got.

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Lilymayrose on April 19, 2009, 07:15:59 am
I'm currently decorating a home I built for a challenge at The Chatterbox, and it's amazing that I'm getting it done so fast - using the collections I created yesterday! I really should have made the effort to sort out my own collections years ago. But I'm veeeeeeeeeeery lazy ;)

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Speechless on April 19, 2009, 11:09:17 am
lol i am the collection crazy! I spent 2 days puting every single item into collections, even maxis stuff. i got collection for pillows, blankets, utensils and even for toilet stuff like toiletrolss. so if i want a damn sauce pan i know where it is and i can see straight away what i have. Nowdays i never use the deco menu anymore, only my collections and wow its speeds everything up massively. oh yeah i even devided plants into flowers, garden, inside pot plants etc.... bit excessive but very handy.
Now whenever i download something it gets home in collection straight away...and i never have to chase anything down ever again :)  ;D i kno im crazy!!!

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: starrsim on April 19, 2009, 01:45:25 pm
I have 1.31 MB of downloads. I guess I should take the time and do more collections for the deco items. Does anyone know how to put a custom picture as your collection icon?

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Rachael on April 19, 2009, 02:11:36 pm
If you put the custom icon in this folder (My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Collections\Icons) you will be able to select the icon when you create a new collection folder in game. I think you have to use the clean pack installer to change existing collection folder icons though...

Ah there's a tutorial at mts2:
Actually there's a fair few tutorials at mts2 if you want to have a look  :)

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Lilymayrose on April 19, 2009, 02:43:12 pm
Thanks for the link Rachael. I'll have to give that a go ;D

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Rachael on April 19, 2009, 02:46:35 pm
I'm trying to motivate myself to create collection folders and orgnaise all my stuff...

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Lilymayrose on April 19, 2009, 04:16:53 pm
It was well worth the time that I spent doing it... so go for it - but be warned... I only have about 6000 downloads so if you have more than that it'll take you whole lot longer than the four hours that it took me!

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Ankuuh on April 19, 2009, 05:14:38 pm
I started cleaning up my game this evening. I did more then 3 hours over hair and clothing only and just started on the furniture, I will continue tomorrow because this clean up is really neccesairy. My game will not hold much longer if I continue the way I did before. ( to be honest I have no idea how many downloads I have  :-[)

Btw, creating folders is a really good idea. Never tought of it :) I think I will give it a try.

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: macthekat on April 19, 2009, 05:18:00 pm
some great costume icons:

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Lilymayrose on April 20, 2009, 06:03:44 am
some great costume icons:

Oh my goodness... my obsessive compulsive tendencies have just fallen in love.

Thanks, Mac (

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: macthekat on April 20, 2009, 07:04:37 am
Your welcome - I have linked to some more in my blog *points at signature*

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: macthekat on April 23, 2009, 06:51:32 am
In an attempt to clean out my wall folder I went from almost 1000 files to just over 500 so I think that is pretty nice.
And from 448 to 241 floors is also pretty nice. Now I actuarially think I know what I got.

I am going to update the walls I like best to AL (chance the top and base boards) in homecrafter + update the walls I made a year ago to AL

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: K-Katherine on April 23, 2009, 08:19:53 am
those are real great icons i think i will go nuts without having them set in folders i have 20,967 downloads and its hard to go through all

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Lilymayrose on April 23, 2009, 08:23:52 am
I've just ditched my entire game folder and generated a new one. I was sick of the compulively downloaded cc that I never used/didn't even like. So I'm starting afresh with the stuff that I genuinely do like and already have nearly 2000 downloads... I just can't seem to win.

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: alexpilgrim on May 04, 2009, 12:16:47 pm
Well, my game started crashing again, of course my download folder is 5,40 GB and has 40150 files in it...  :-[  I suppose there is a limit somewhere, no?

Believe it or not I've just been re-organizing and cleaning all my folders, all my downloads are organized either by creator or letters and I make a collection for each folder. I got rid of a lot of large objects, specially beds that are not really playable, armoires, unconfortable looking sofas and things like that, but apparently I still need to get rid of more... and I just ditched 200 MB from my WallSims folder alone (well, yes, they have some really beautiful stuff like the Eames chairs and lovely little clutter items but a lot of stuff that wasn't worth keeping), I delete things in-game, maybe I'm doing it the difficult way but it's the only way I know to see what I'm doing...

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: macthekat on May 04, 2009, 04:11:20 pm
Than you delete ingame make sure you start by deleting the recolours... otherwise they will lie around in your folder after you have deleted the mesh...

Are you sure you don't just got a bad file? it happens sometimes... When does it crash?

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Lilymayrose on May 04, 2009, 05:10:28 pm
I delete things in-game, maybe I'm doing it the difficult way but it's the only way I know to see what I'm doing...

You end up with all sorts of random stuff left over if you do it that way. I tend to wander through the catalogues, writing down what I want to delete, then I quit the game and delete everything listed, directly from my downloads folder - which means I can ferret out the recolours as well, which saves time when the game loads as it isn't reading a load of orphaned files.

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: alexpilgrim on May 05, 2009, 12:01:49 am
Well, I do delete the recolors first with the design tool, but you're right that one has to be careful not to have orphaned files and it's a tedious process... the reason I do it in-game is to see the objects (sometimes from a whole big set I only keep a chair and a lamp, for instance) but of course after I still must double-check my folders, I do write things down as I go to make sure I don't have random orphaned stuff around. You can't imagine also how many duplicate files one finds doing this!
As for crashing, it happens whenever I try to open a collection file or sometimes open a section of the build or buy catalog... I'm pretty sure it's because of the amount of stuff I have, though I'm also checking in case it's a bad file, I took the folders out and am replacing them little by little. I remember when I use to play the mac version of the game there was a (ridiculous) file limit of maybe 10000, and going over that crashed the game in the same way. Now I have a new mac with disk partition and windows installed, so I play the PC version of the game, but I imagine there is a limit to the amount of stuff the program can handle, even if it's higher... my guess is that it's around 40000 (maybe 50000 including Saved Sims) or 5 GB.

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Lilymayrose on May 05, 2009, 08:08:39 am
I think my head would implode if I had more than 5000 downloads. I just can't see the wood for the trees as it is, and I currently only have about 3000. I use collections to find what I need (now, though I never used to), and everytime I load my game, I come acroos stuff that I added in a fit of the 'must haves', only to discover that some of it is truly hideous. I think that for every 300 files I add - I delete maybe 100 of them after I've had a look.

Title: Re: Cleaning up
Post by: Cesse on May 07, 2009, 04:57:40 am
Well, 2 weeks ago i deleted everything! Because there was some sort of glitch in my, and i wasn't sure what download it was coming from, and i know it was from a download, it wasn't just a game glitch anyhow, it was getting close to TS3, so i may as well, and then i just did it.

Congratulations Mac of cleaning up your folder darls! :-*