Warning: This thread is slightly OCD. (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
Now don’t say you haven’t been warned.
Ok, well, since you’re still reading, perhaps you’re OCD, too.
So now I’ll begin sharing my OCD organizational style. If it works for you, great! If not, well, I’m sure you’ll come up with something equally OCD or even worse.
When you have plenty of room and no worries about griefing (such as on Single Player Worlds) - you can really go hog-wild with Categorical Organization. By this I mean, organizing your items into large groups. The grouping I find that seems to work rather well are as follows:
[li]Blocks - (27)
[/li][li]Columns & Stairs (42) (or 21 of each if you will)
[/li][li]Food & Seeds (28)
[/li][li]Tools & Weapons (29) (This includes the Gem Pickaxes)
[/li][li]Clothing (11) (This includes the tin foil hat, and linen)
[/li][li]Natural Items (9)
[li]Tech Items (27) (Includes Flywheels/Solars, Jet Pack parts, Train parts, etc.)
[/li][li]Lights (11) (Includes Ice Torches and all Gem Chandeliers)
[/li][li]Armor (20) (Tin, Iron, Ice, Carbon & Titanium)
[/li][li]WoodCrafts (14) (Anything made from wood or sticks, except below)
[/li][li]Carrot on a Stick
[li]Workbenches (49) (Includes Campfires)
[/li][li]Portals & Trade Portals (13) (Includes Portal Chests!)
[li]Pole Items (4)
Now, what you do with this categorical organization is up to you. For example, you could create a warehouse with 27 chests in a row to represent your “Blocks” storage.
Or you could create a small house with 3 floors containing 9 chests each for the same thing. There’s really no right or wrong way to do it - use whatever space you have available to you.
Here’s an example of my categorical organization on my Single Player World:
This building is my Blocks Storage warehouse.
(I’ll explain the color-coding, and inventory notations on the sign later)
And here is my Food Storage Building:
(Except, in my case, I moved Tulip bulbs/seeds here because I forgot to include them in my Miscellaneous building. No big deal.)
Here is where OCD comes in Big-time. Much of this is totally optional, but if you’re interested, read on!
As you can see in the above Blocks Warehouse photo, I’ve color-coded the chests to look approximately like the blocks they represent. This is just a visual aid in helping me find what I’m looking for.
You may also notice that I have shelves above each chest with 4 of each representative block. This is just another visual aid - I don’t store more than 1 in each shelf slot and I don’t plan to remove items from any shelves unless there is nothing left and I’m totally desperate.
Looking further, You’ll see signs indicating what each block type is in each inventory chest. And of course, you’ll notice this strange Dewey-Decimal like system for indicating exactly what is inside each chest. Which, I’ll explain in a moment.
But first - an explanation of how the inside of each chest is organized.
Below you can see the inside of a chest of Limes. As we all know by now, you can fit 99 items in each slot. It can take quite a while to fill up a chest completely with 1584 items (99’s in all 16 slots), so for the most part you don’t need a system to deal with this.
Except when it comes to Stone. Yes… I save my stone. Hey - don’t judge! I can crush it to gravel, then sluice it, and get about 2 Titanium and Platinum ores for every stack of stone! So basically, what I do is use the 16th slot to store Completely full CHESTS of that item. In the case below, you can see I have 96 Chests filled with stone, and another 13 stacks of 99.
Total: 153351 stone - and I only had to nest my inventory chest 1 deep. (you don’t want to go 2 or more deep due to lag concerns, and instability, which may cause you to lose items)
Now, by the way - in case you’re thinking - “wow, gee Skeeve, you might actually run out of room to store completely full chests of stone” This represents 3 years of accumulated stone. And I never use a Diamond pickaxe to mine stone. To me, it’s a waste of wear on the pickaxe. But supposing I did - then I would have 6 times this amount, which would still fit in one chest without nesting deeper.
Ok, so what about those signs?
My system is fairly simple here, but it may look confusing at first.
Basically the syntax is: #.# (#)
The number on the left of the decimal point indicates how many CHESTS full of the item are inside the chest.
The number on the right of the decimal point indicates how many STACKS are inside
And the number in Parenthesis indicates anything less than 1 stack (1 - 98 items)
To Summarize, it’s CHESTS.STACKS (INDIVIDUALS)
Suppose I have 1 CHEST full, and ZERO stacks and ZERO partial stacks?
It gets written on the sign as 1.0
Suppose I have 1 STACK and ZERO partial stacks and ZERO Chests full?
It gets written just as 1.
Suppose I just have 5 items and nothing else?
It gets recorded as (5)
This is just to save time so I don’t have to record 0.0 (5)
Or in the 2 cases above, 1.0 (0) or 0.1 (0)
But you can use the full syntax if that is more clear for you.
The beauty of this inventory system is that I can see exactly how much total material I have of a given type just by looking at my sign.
Naturally, the sign MUST be updated whenever you deposit or withdraw from your warehouse slot. But, risk of inaccuracy aside, I find this to be a great system - especially when your warehouse is rather distant and you don’t want to waste a trip to go look inside your chest to see what you have.
Now how about quick, temporary storage, of meditated or other acquired items?
If you’re like me, you save everything - even the average run-of-the-mill meditated items.
But you don’t want to go running to your warehouse everytime your blockhead’s inventory gets full. So, here is a temporary storage system I devised:
Green Chest = All Edible Fruit and Seeds (Including Worms)
Red Chest = All Meats & Inedible Seeds (Cooked or uncooked, Dodo Eggs, Vines, Pine Cones, Tulip Bulbs/Seeds, Roasted or Green Coffee beans)
Purple Chest = All Pigments and basic paint colors
Lt Blue Chest = All naturally found items (Flint, Clay, Sticks, Flax, Leather, Fur, Feathers, Poison - also included Charcoal because there’s space)
Portal Chest - right in the middle for easy transfer!
Black Chest = Any type of Block
White Chest = All Ores including Coal
Yellow Chest = All Ingots, Gems, coins
Ultramarine Blue Chest = Pretty much everything else. Usually crafted and tech items.
The first row of color coded chests is where you store the items as you get them.
The second row is for entire stacks only. (Or just use it as overfill storage)
When a second row chest begins to get full, it’s time to transfer that to the warehouse!
I find this system to be efficient and organized. Once you have it set up - and I agree it does take a LONG time to set up - it begins to pay dividends in time saved. No longer do you have to fumble with your items, but you can neatly place them and store them, while at the same time know exactly how many of an item you have at a glance.
Hope you found this guide as useful as I do using it.
Next, I will see if I can post some pictures of my Single Player Warehouse which I have been working on since version 1.6.1 was released. It’s quite a lovely place.