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kittcat92
2nd May 2012, 7:25 PM
Over the last couple months I have really gotten into CC, and in that time I have downloaded close to 1,000 item. When I started downloading items for specific themes I started putting all relevant items in sub-folders (vampire gowns, fairytale and fantasy, ponds, etc) but I have a lot of downloaded content from before I started using sub-folders that I have no idea what they are because their file names do not really tell me. What would you suggest for keeping downloads organized and under control?

Bwinney43
2nd May 2012, 8:17 PM
It's hard to go back and re-organize but for the future I'd recommend putting things into folders by either website or creator. I download from a lot of forums like MTS and GOS. So what I do is I make one folder for MTS, for example, then I make subfolders inside per creator. If I download multiple things from one creator I'll make subfolders in the creators folder for like 'clothes' 'makeup' 'living room sets' and so on. I get lazy every once in a while but try to stay on top of it. I've actually forbidden myself from downloading anymore right now. I'm up to 13gigs of CC. I feel like I spend more time downloading than playing!

Alijah
2nd May 2012, 8:38 PM
It's hard to go back and re-organize but for the future I'd recommend putting things into folders by either website or creator. I download from a lot of forums like MTS and GOS. So what I do is I make one folder for MTS, for example, then I make subfolders inside per creator. If I download multiple things from one creator I'll make subfolders in the creators folder for like 'clothes' 'makeup' 'living room sets' and so on. I get lazy every once in a while but try to stay on top of it. I've actually forbidden myself from downloading anymore right now. I'm up to 13gigs of CC. I feel like I spend more time downloading than playing!

Wow, and I was feeling bad about my 6 gigs! Hahaha! And I am the same way, I go on mass downloading sprees. I have such a soft spot for clutter and decorative items. It gets boring to have everyone with the same furnishings.

Personally, I make folders for various categories, and then within those categories, I make subfolders for either even more specific categories if it applies, and then by creator or website, depending. So I have like, Clothes -> Child -> Everyday -> fakepeeps, or Furnishings -> Phaenoh or, Mods -> Moreawesomethanyou or whathaveyou.

MOOKIEBLAYLOCK
2nd May 2012, 8:57 PM
I am currently alternating between two games , the larger one has 37,136 files and 3298 folders. The other game is about half that size. I did the same thing you did ( just pile stuff in the dl folder) initially as I imagine most of us did. I ended up trashing the loose stuff (pre sub-folders) and making a clean start.There is no right way or wrong way , it is what works for you and keeps you , and your game , happy.I was involved in a similar discussion elsewhere recently and depending upon your EP's and OS , there may be limits as to the depth of your sub-foldering. Some simmers could only go 2-3 subfolders deep before the items would fail to show in game. I'm playing on M and G (off Fun with Pets) and have all EP"s. I'm using Windows 7. I can go (at least) five sub-folders deep before the package file and have things show up/ work in game. I would first test that for your game/OS configuration to establish what works for you.

There are two subfolders , despite my saying no right way or wrong way , that I feel are essential. One of these is for defaults( items that replace EA items) , if you have default skintones , eyes, etc I would definitely keep these clearly labeled and easy to find. The second essential sub- folder should be called Testing or New Stuff or something that lets you know these items haven't yet proven themselves to work/look good/ show up/ not cause conflicts in game. This way when you have a game problem ( and we almost all do occasionally) you can easily find the most likely culprit , which is generally something recently added.

In my Downloads folder I have various sub-folders , one of these is just labeled Buy Mode. There are twenty three sub-folders within Buy Mode, one of these is Bedroom. Inside of the Bedroom folder are various sub-folders , one of these is 4ESF (4eversimfantasy , a place with some nice furnishings). Inside of the 4ESF folder are folders labeled bedroom set 8, bedroom set 13 etc. Inside of those are the package files themselves. I initially trashed all the pics that came with items( I was on a different computer and space was of the essence) , now I keep the pics as well.I have similar set ups for the other main sub-folders(those that are right inside the Downloads folder). I have main folders for Build Mode , Makeup, Eyes, Female Hair, Male Hair, Accessories, Posing Hacks, Food , Careers, Majors, Vehicles, OMSP's , Bodyshapes, Hacks etc. This makes finding/organizing things (for me) easy. If I'm looking for a mod by Squinge , I go to Hacks, then Squinge , then Business related , then Promote anyone to manager and there it is.

Many people prefer different methods. While I would go to Bedrooms or Living Rooms, or Kitchens etc to find various sets by 4ESF , other simmers would keep all of there 4ESF sets/downloads together, sorting by creator , rather than function. There is no right or wrong way , if it works for you , it's all good. I can find a file out of 30,000+ in less than a minute with my set up , so it works for me. Finding that item in the catalog , can be a different matter with that much CC , and for that I highly recommend the Collection Creator from DJS Sims http://forum.jfade.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=58 , this is an awesome utility ( for buy mode) that will greatly reduce your searching through the catalog for something like decorative liquor bottles , or a deco chimpanzee or a deco water heater , etc.

Another thing I do , because these type of Dl's usually generate the non-descript package file names (like 43278g54rf2.package) , is create folders called Stuff from sims and Stuff from lots. If I install a sim , for example , I send everything to my Downloads folder itself( I don't have any loose items in there) and then grab all the loose stuff I just installed and put it in a sub-folder called Fairuza Balk , for example, and that goes into the Stuff from sims folder.Same for installing a lot, send to DL folder grab loose stuff, put it in a sub-folder called Echo's carnival, for example , and then into the Stuff from lots folders. I feel those two folders (Stuff from...) are also quite essential , simmers frequently have a problem after installing new lots/sims and this makes it easy to find and delete any problems from such. as you are installing sims/lots take a good look at what clean installer lists , look for any hacks that come with lots, and look for anything that says mailbox, period , and when installing sims look for the word default. Default can simply mean this dress(and mesh) are standard female adult sim size , but there are LOTS of default replacement things that can come with sims and they are (unfortunately) frequently labeled default or not labeled at all , and do in fact become default replacements.

Good luck!

Liv Lukas
2nd May 2012, 10:04 PM
Well, I am uploading a big file for Mootilda, so I may as well espouse on my DL folder while I wait.

I've worked this system out over a number of years, and it works for me for easy downloading and maintenance. The first tip is to use subcategories NOT subfolders. See:


http://i.imgur.com/oncOb.jpg


So instead of having subfolders like this: CAS/Clothing/Female/Adult/Athletic I instead put those as subcategories in the top folder NAME: "CAS - Clothing - Female - Adult - Athletic"

This way the game does not have to chunk through are those subfolders every time it loads. Saves loading time (or so I've read).

I put the A-, I-, Q- before the folder names so that when I use the windows explorer feature group by name the folders are nicely separated. (Windows groups from A-H, I-P, and Q-Z, so this just separates CAS into the A-H section, Build Mode into the I-P section and Buy Mode into the Q-Z section. Works for me. *shrug*)

See:


http://i.imgur.com/JWHc9.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/JYtPV.jpg


http://i.imgur.com/FpigW.jpg


Second tip is using Windows folder image feature. When I download, I put an image of the item/set into the folder with it with the name folder.jpg (must be a jpg).

Then I set the view to Large Icons. Windows then shows the image as the folder icon.

See:


Q - Buy Mode - Decorative - Paintings and Photos:
http://i.imgur.com/SdZB9.jpg


A - CAS - Clothing - Female - Adult - Defaults:
http://i.imgur.com/kZmwT.jpg


Last tip is, if you have a backup drive, to store your downloads folder there and use Syncback (http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/index.html) to sync only what the game needs to your Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads folder. The game does not need readme's, folder.jpg's, and other extra stuff. It just needs the .package file. So why add to loading time by making it read all that stuff? I setup my sync so that it only copies the .package files to the downloads folder when I play. I do it automatically before every play session, so anything I've downloaded is added, and anything I've deleted is also deleted in my downloads folder.

Works like a charm.

Hope this helps.

kittcat92
2nd May 2012, 10:21 PM
Thanks for the replys guys very helpful, I've been thinking about redoing my whole download folder so this helps a lot.
Liv Lukas if I understand you correctly, you have subcategories in your download folder and then each item or set within those subcategories has their own folder with a picture(s) to show exactly what it is, right?

Nysha
2nd May 2012, 10:34 PM
I'd recommend the organising by type (e.g. object, hack, hair), because that way when something isn't working or is causing problems, you can find it very quickly without needing to know who made it.

And don't forget the DDO: http://www.modthesims.info/d/227925

Liv Lukas
2nd May 2012, 11:04 PM
Thanks for the replys guys very helpful, I've been thinking about redoing my whole download folder so this helps a lot.
Liv Lukas if I understand you correctly, you have subcategories in your download folder and then each item or set within those subcategories has their own folder with a picture(s) to show exactly what it is, right?

Yep! Right you are!

kittcat92
2nd May 2012, 11:29 PM
Yep! Right you are!
alright I think I may use that technique or something similar (maybe I'm not sure since I want to keep some items separate for different neighborhoods)

maxon
3rd May 2012, 12:08 AM
So Liv - how big is your DL folder and how long does the game take to load?

joandsarah77
3rd May 2012, 12:52 AM
Wow Liv, that is impressive. :blink: My own system is half organized and half not. I have about 34,000 files so there is no quick method for that amount.

All my very oldest downloads are thrown into one large folder (about ten thousand of those :cry: ) Newer downloads are somewhat organized into Body Shop, Build, Hacks, Defaults and so on with sub foldering inside of them. I always put brand new downloads into a dated folder, so May 2. Yes I did download more today. :help: I have a problem.

Every now and then I will click on some of the old downloads to take a look at in simpe to see if I can figure out what they are and move it. Sometimes I wonder why I downloaded so much horrible make-up and accessories.
If I only had a thousand I would look through and sort roughly with CI and simpe into general type categories and then sort further from there.

lazzybum
3rd May 2012, 4:29 AM
Interesting system Liv! I've never seen anything like that. I'd also like to know how what is your load time, since I use subfolders right now and want to see how much difference it makes, even with the synchronizing. I'm almost at 3 gb but loads less than 5 mins so it's not too big of a deal, but still curious xD. Also, does naming the jpg "folder" necessary for it to show from the large icon view?

I use numbers for my categorizes, and to put them in order as how it is ingame (like in buy mode, it goes comfort, surfaces, deco, etc). I found it hard to find things when I categorized by just the name for some reason.
http://i1157.photobucket.com/albums/p589/lazzyleen/mydl1.jpg
http://i1157.photobucket.com/albums/p589/lazzyleen/mydl_buy.jpg
http://i1157.photobucket.com/albums/p589/lazzyleen/mydl_cas.jpg
(1 use to be skins, but I just found out recently it has been empty since I don't dl skins anyways)

http://i1157.photobucket.com/albums/p589/lazzyleen/mydl_hair.jpg
Here is my hair subfolder, where I broke it down into major creators I download tons from, then the rest is dumped in Male or Female. I also use folders with pictures.


http://i1157.photobucket.com/albums/p589/lazzyleen/mydl_newstuff.jpg
And my 0) new stuff folder is where I put all my.. new stuff! I go by dates ish. When I feel a folder has too much, I'll make another folder with the current date. Then after a few days, If move the stuff I know I'll keep into the 2) pending. If I am unsure, I'll leave it in the New Stuff for a little longer for me to decide. When pending gets fullish, I'll compress the Pending folder, then categorize them. That way I'm not compressing my whole DL folder over and over again. (I got this new stuff/pending idea from another MTS user, I don't remember who, but thank you for this awesome idea!!)

And yes, theres still stuff from december (12_29) that I am still debating if I should keep lol

As for the OP, when I discovered I had many "unnamed" CC (with just letters & words), I pretty much started fresh. I only saved makeup I've always used that may be hard to find, and put them in a folder called Original Stuff or something.

Liv Lukas
3rd May 2012, 7:17 AM
I am in the middle of a cleanout, thanks to a great tip by sushigal007, so I cannot give exact numbers. My "main" downloads folder (where all photos, files are kept) is 10.5 gigs. The \EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads is 7 gigs (last I checked, but I've cleaned a lot of recolors out recently). The game takes 12 minutes from load to lot. I'd love to get that time under 10 minutes. Lazzybum, it is necessary to name to image folder.jpg to make it be the only thing that shows, as above, like a folder icon.

The way I download is that I size my main download folder window next to my firefox window. I have them already set up like this, so it is easy to just quick resize windows. Then I drag the image from the download page over to the appropriate folder and quick rename it. It is rote to me, now. Then I download the file, slap it in the folder with the .jpg and call it day.

:-)

Josepina
3rd May 2012, 8:22 AM
I didn't know that loading times only affects startup and the initial lot load. I was being ultra frugal about downloading. With 5.5gb mine only takes a minute or two extra to load from start, to neighbourhood, to lot. After that it loads normally. Kind of a pain when testing something that needs restarting the game many times.

Using cas or the mirror was going really really slow but it sorted itself out and runs smoothly now. I have hundreds of hair and many are high poly count (whatever that is) and they load fine.

Simsica
3rd May 2012, 12:32 PM
Liv, I'd be interested in this stuff about subfoldering slowing down loading times. Actually, if anything can slow it down, I'd like to know that.
I've read in your other posts that non-package files in the Downloads folder can also slow down the loading times.

I don't like this. My mind works best with subfoldering+categorizing+eventual subfolder by creator named within the categorized system. It's quicker for my own search purposes and it's all neatly organized. But if that makes my game load slower it is obviously time to redo my Downloads folder. Again...

mr_db1
3rd May 2012, 1:31 PM
nice examples above,
I'm still working on mine, and my computer needs this re-organizing, she is getting a bit slow

I started the use of sub-folders in downloads when I got me the woohoo-shop from xsims and all the kinky clothes they have
at the advise given when I downloaded the sim-prison stuff
and of course I did download some numenor/dreamteam stuff wich is using subfolders by the makers choice
and at the moment I just use the name of the maker for the stuff mst-........... if it came from here

some items from before that time I can still move without any trouble but not all
so most of my older - pre organize downloads I will have to deal with when I eventually move to a new computer
by then the game has to be re-installed again any ways so why should I fuck up my current lots now and try to repair every item that stops working?
(do not answer that)

Liv Lukas
3rd May 2012, 10:18 PM
Okay, before I say anything, I will stress YMMV!

I have found some threads were folks talk about this concept of subfolders slowing down the game.

http://sims-101.livejournal.com/32244.html

http://sims-101.livejournal.com/28594.html

http://www.simbology.com/smf/index.php?topic=7972

But to be honest, it is all really just hearsay - there is no hard evidence that I've found. So I suggest a test if you want to be sure:

Get syncback (link in post above) - load the game with your normal downloads folder. Time it. Then move your DLs somewhere safe - we'll call this your "main" DLs folder. Use syncback to ***COPY*** (I would backup my DLs folder as I have screwed up with syncback once or twice in the past and was sooo glad I had a backup!) only the package files from your main DLs folder to your now empty Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads folder. Start the game. See if it's quicker.

For me, it was. From 20 minutes to 12.

Simsica
4th May 2012, 8:57 AM
Thanks, Liv :) Will look into this and see if anything makes sense. Just one thing - the Simbology link leads me to a login page. Could you maybe give the thread's name so that we can search? Or maybe make another link?

I've just been on a download spree (don't know what came over me O_o) and stil have to load the game after the usual checkup of the downloaded stuff so I don't know if I've made any lasting damage to my loading times.
But compared to many, with 6 min till main screen and another min to the hood screen, I should probably worry less. And play more :bunny:

lazzybum
4th May 2012, 9:03 AM
For me, it was. From 20 minutes to 12.

Was this the difference with and without the pictures/texts only? The setup of your folders didn't change?

And that simbology link takes me to a login screen as well.

Liv Lukas
4th May 2012, 9:45 AM
The setup of my folders did not change, although I am considering using sync to just put .package files in without even the folders since I do all my cleaning and organizing in my main downloads folder.

Sorry about the link, the thread is called: Spring Cleaning by ghostwrytr Here is the important bit:


I use DDO (Delphy's Download Organizer) to scan for orphans. Due to intermittant problems with an older version of DDO deleting too many files, I do the file moving by hand from folder windows instead of using DDO's built in Move and Delete functions. (I tend to mistrust newer versions of utilities and assume they'll screw up the same way.)

Do use subfolders. Don't nest too deep.

It goes by folder name first, so renaming the folder zWhatever will make the hacks inside it load last.

lazzybum
4th May 2012, 10:37 AM
shedding 8 minutes by just excluding pictures is awesome. I don't think I'll sync yet till my loading time really bugs me, but I'll start deleting excess pictures when I can. I tried the naming the pictures to 'folder', neat trick! Thanks for all these info!

TychoH
4th May 2012, 1:23 PM
This way the game does not have to chunk through are those subfolders every time it loads. Saves loading time (or so I've read).

I can tell you it is right. I ordered my folders in the way you did (although I keep a couple of subfolders) and all the cc loads faster.
Thank you.

el_flel
4th May 2012, 6:28 PM
I categorise my CC in the same way it is categorised in the ingame catalogues. So I've got separate folders for mods, build content, buy content and CAS content. Then within those I have subfolders, i.e. male clothing, female clothing, hairs, make-up, etc.

Whenever I download a new piece of content I always rename the file so it's easily identifiable, and put the creator's name and site I downloaded it at the end. That way if I want to have a clearout I can delete stuff straight from the Downloads folder instead of doing it ingame (which takes ages!).

Liv Lukas
5th May 2012, 2:41 AM
shedding 8 minutes by just excluding pictures is awesome. I don't think I'll sync yet till my loading time really bugs me, but I'll start deleting excess pictures when I can. I tried the naming the pictures to 'folder', neat trick! Thanks for all these info!

To clarify, I did not just shed photos. I also had other extraneous stuff in there, like readme's and other text/.doc files, and a LOT of html links to the original source. I also had a LOT of sims2pack files from houses downloaded.

So, that is why I stress that YMMV. But for me, it was totally worth it.

I can tell you it is right. I ordered my folders in the way you did (although I keep a couple of subfolders) and all the cc loads faster.
Thank you.

Yeah! Glad it helped. I love helping the Simming community. I can't mesh, recolor, or build worth crap, but I can hopefully inspire and share knowledge I've learned from years of hard simmin'.

Liv, I'd be interested in this stuff about subfoldering slowing down loading times. Actually, if anything can slow it down, I'd like to know that.
I've read in your other posts that non-package files in the Downloads folder can also slow down the loading times.

I don't like this. My mind works best with subfoldering+categorizing+eventual subfolder by creator named within the categorized system. It's quicker for my own search purposes and it's all neatly organized. But if that makes my game load slower it is obviously time to redo my Downloads folder. Again...

The neat thing about keeping a backup, or "main" downloads folder is that you can organize ANYWAY you want. Then just copy the .package files to the Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads folder. The more I think on it, the more freedom it gives to never have to "redo" your downloads folder again.

lazzybum
5th May 2012, 3:42 AM
To clarify, I did not just shed photos. I also had other extraneous stuff in there, like readme's and other text/.doc files, and a LOT of html links to the original source. I also had a LOT of sims2pack files from houses downloaded.
So, that is why I stress that YMMV. But for me, it was totally worth it.


Ah ok, that's a bunch of stuff that I don't carry lol. Thanks for clarifying. Also, what does YMMV stand for? (kinda embarrassed to ask)

Liv Lukas
5th May 2012, 3:53 AM
Your mileage may vary!

:-)

lorinsv60
5th May 2012, 7:14 PM
After reading this thread, I took another look at my Downloads folder (a surprising 4.4 gigs, considering I end up using mostly Maxis stuff...), and I found almost 200MB of SIMS2PACK files from older lots I had downloaded. I no longer extract them that way, and I'm just verifying it won't hurt anything to remove them, right?

RebaLynnTS
5th May 2012, 8:46 PM
IIf I missed this suggestion already, sorry. however, I thought I'd mention that you can rename the package files (Just not the .package part) to anything you like. When I run across a file with a name that does not make sense, I open it in SimPE to see what it is, then I rename it.

maxon
5th May 2012, 10:03 PM
After reading this thread, I took another look at my Downloads folder (a surprising 4.4 gigs, considering I end up using mostly Maxis stuff...), and I found almost 200MB of SIMS2PACK files from older lots I had downloaded. I no longer extract them that way, and I'm just verifying it won't hurt anything to remove them, right?
It won't hurt to remove them. The game only reads the package files.

IIf I missed this suggestion already, sorry. however, I thought I'd mention that you can rename the package files (Just not the .package part) to anything you like. When I run across a file with a name that does not make sense, I open it in SimPE to see what it is, then I rename it.
Yup, me too. Hey Reba - haven't seen you round in a while.

FranH
5th May 2012, 10:06 PM
After reading this thread, I took another look at my Downloads folder (a surprising 4.4 gigs, considering I end up using mostly Maxis stuff...), and I found almost 200MB of SIMS2PACK files from older lots I had downloaded. I no longer extract them that way, and I'm just verifying it won't hurt anything to remove them, right?
Once you extract any package, it's all right to toss it out-presuming you have saved the original DL so that if you need it again, you have it.

If you don't save the original downloads, you should save the SIMS2PACK just to be sure you can use it again if you ever need it, by burning it to a DVD/CD. Then you can just delete it-no harm done.

But the short answer is yes-you can delete them if you want to.

lorinsv60
5th May 2012, 10:16 PM
Thanks, maxon & FranH. I really just wanted to relocate them and perhaps save some time loading my game.

maxon
5th May 2012, 11:39 PM
Thanks, maxon & FranH. I really just wanted to relocate them and perhaps save some time loading my game.
I stick all my stored stuff on my removeable hard drive.

RebaLynnTS
6th May 2012, 12:18 AM
It won't hurt to remove them. The game only reads the package files.


Yup, me too. Hey Reba - haven't seen you round in a while.


Been busy working on a new Upload for MTS2 ...

maxon
6th May 2012, 1:29 AM
Been busy working on a new Upload for MTS2 ...
oooo - what what?

RebaLynnTS
6th May 2012, 2:11 AM
Nothing fancy, just some floors and walls.

ILUVTH3SIMS
1st Oct 2014, 5:25 AM
Thanks I like how this can be done in The Sims 2. I guess there is no reason for it in The Sims 3 but it wouls be nice looking at all my messy DLs
I like some of these ideas so i will just borrow (steal) some of these great ideas :rofl:

MrsM'Quve
12th Jan 2015, 9:10 PM
Sorry for the necro-post, but I just want to say as a longtime Sims 2 player and download-a-holic, this thread is incredibly helpful - particularly Liv's organization system. I have a 4-year-old laptop and previously only had up to OFB. I decided to get the rest of the EPs since I'm not getting rid of this computer anytime soon and it can't run Sims 3 or 4. I'm doing a reinstall for a list of reasons and I want to be super-organized with my new downloads folder. My old one had subfolders up the wazoo and lots of long filenames. I also read that using any characters other than A-Z, 0-9, - and _ in your filenames slows down loading time. My original installation never took more than 10 minutes to load with 2+ GB of CC, but with all the EPs (and thus more CC I'll be downloading) I want to minimize loading time as much as I can.

Since this thread is almost 3 years old, I don't know if any of you are still here, but THANK YOU for the tips!

tatumtaylynn
14th Sep 2015, 5:02 PM
What I do, is simply divide them by: Hair, Makeup, Clothes, Furniture, Hacks, Poseboxes. Simple as ABC. I don't like dividing them by creator names or website names, it kinda confuses me more.

Emma2015
14th Sep 2015, 6:10 PM
I go by catagory .


So I make a fresh folder in downloads (NOT Sims 2 downloads just plain downloads I have windows 8.1) and name it "Sims 2" so I know what game I'm working with. Then inside I make the folders "Houses" "Programs" "Indoor/outdoor"

houses I leave as is but "Programs" I open up an put in a sub folder "Mods" and "Doccuments"


in "Indoor/outdoor" I put "Indoor" for things that belong INSIDE a sim house (room sets furniture ect) "Outdoor" (for things that belong OUTSIDE like playgrounds gardens ect) and "both" (for sets that could go either way)

in "Indoor" I put "Furniture" and then inside there I list ALL the rooms that I want in my houses and in each of those folders I put a folder called "Sets" and one called "Deco" except in bedrooms where I also add "Bedding" and nurseries / child rooms where I add "toys"

I also make a folder for "rugs" and "walls and floors" (for walpaper and carpets ect)

in my main "Sims 2" folder where this is all happening I also put a folder called "Sims" and make seperate folders inside "Sims" for Custom Sims Hair Eyes GLasses Makeup Clothing ect in cClothing I break it down "Male" "Female" and both in each one I put a folder for each life cycle (Baby Toddler Child teen young adult Adult Elder)


When I am done filling these with downloads I extract everything in each folder into one place (Meshes and recolors) pick out any collection files and then when done use collection maker to put all the meshes together to make one big collection for whatever heading I'm working with (Say Bathrooms) break the meshes down into managable folders (say 200 to 600 files in each new rar) then if I numbered the rars (I always do) I break THOSE down in sets of 5 so 1-5 6-10 ect. when THAT is done I take the folder all that work was done in and move it to my Sims 2 Downloads folder in My Documents put the collection files in Collections and move on to the next subject.

what I see when I open Downloads (Not to be confuse with downloads the single directory) is a nice little rows of clearly named folders "Bathrooms" "Bedrooms " "Child's room" "Nurseries" ect.

Justpetro
14th Sep 2015, 6:33 PM
I have folders and I mostly name them after the creators (although there are some in other folders too) - mod folders start with z, or zz - I have in the meantime increased my downloads to around 9GB (still very little compared to most, but I don't keep stuff in my game if I don't use it; especially clothing) - not looking that impressive, but I can find any file within seconds.

teafortwo
14th Sep 2015, 11:02 PM
I stick all my stored stuff on my removeable hard drive.

Same here :-) And I just spent several hours (well, not all at one go!) Sorting out the Sims Stuff folder residing on my removable hard drive. I categorize and file all downloads there as well as SC4 map files, Lots and custom made and downloaded neighborhoods along with a file for Sims 2 Tools ( things such as the CEP exec and such) and have a folder for Notes ( helpful information such as cheats, tips and how to do things). I also have all of TS2 updates saved there. There is also a folder to save (backup) neighborhoods that are being played. A real game saver when my computer has needed mending and when I've needed to move everything to a new pc.

In the TS2 Downloads folder I simply place things in folders labeled according to content such as Clothing, Walls, Floors etc. which seems to be a common practice. :-)

xkrazyxcourtneyx
16th Sep 2015, 3:52 AM
When I first started using CC my downloads folder was an absolute mess. Everything was just in one folder. Then, I got a new laptop and decided to start fresh with all of my CC.

My organization is quite extensive now. I have everything separated into folders: build, buy, clothing, sims, houses, mods etc. and then there's various sub folders within each folder. It's a pain to organize, honestly. However, it's also really easy to find the specific CC I'm looking for when something becomes corrupted or I decide I don't want it anymore etc.

If only my life were just as organized :P

jaytee95
17th Sep 2015, 8:38 PM
My downloads folder is 120 MB, but mostly because I practice "do I really need it?" That helps out on clutter quite a bit since it isn't there to begin with.
I also have to admit that I've downloaded stuff that I never actually added it to my game.

esmeiolanthe
18th Sep 2015, 1:26 AM
Probably about half the stuff I download doesn't make it into the game. And probably 25% of what does get put in comes right back out again. But I still have waaaaaay more than 120 MB.

The best way to organize is to organize things in a way that make sense to YOU, even if it doesn't make sense to anybody else. When I had filing cabinets for bills and things IRL, everything was always all over the floor. Same with folders on a shelf, accordion file folders, file drawers in the desk, banker's boxes, and all the other traditional paper organizing methods. Now that I've bought four three-level in-out trays from IKEA, nothing ever stays on the floor for more than a few minutes, and even then, it's only if I drop the mail to answer the phone or something. The right method is the one that lets you find what you want when you want it. :)

joandsarah77
18th Sep 2015, 1:32 AM
Here is Jo's sure fire method for the most organized beautiful download folder ever....


















Don't download anything. :rofl: