**•How To Lower Save File Sizes In Skyrim•**
Are you getting bloated save files at 20-90 Megs? Is your precious Skyrim that you've spent 500+ hours slowing down? Don't worry! There's an easy but time-consuming solution to this!
•Unfavourite "favourite" items that you've left in chests and given to followers.
•Dump any hoarded items from your house/s and some accumulating items that you give to followers in "re spawning items" such as: dead bandit bodies, giant's corpses or a container that you don't own. Eventually, these items will disappear from your save file after just a few in-game days, weeks or even months when the enemies/containers re spawn.
You can also use this method for clearing old dungeons of "glitchy" items such as weapons and loose loot that won't "re spawn."
You can effectively speed up this process by "Fast-Travelling" everywhere.
•Undo any "rune-spells" that you've cast and use it on an enemy to de-activate it forever.
The game has to tack where you cast these spells and they can build up. (This is the same for Ash Piles, Ghostly Remains & Ice Wraith Remains) Make sure an ENEMY activates the rune and NOT a civilian. You can get into SERIOUS trouble if you leave a rune spell on the footpath where someone could get killed by it.
•Place any unused and/or hoarded arrows, keys & lockpicks in a chest or get rid of some by doing *step 2.
•Store all of your items in one house at a time.
If you own several houses with tons of loot, your game save will get bloated very quickly.
If you only have a few momentums in each house that's okay.
•Try not to move anything from their "default" locations.
If you knock down a goblet, spill food on the ground or leave weapons/armor on the ground, it will stay in your save forever and it'll have to be "tracked" whenever you visit that location. If you accidentally move things from their default positions, just take them and sell, or dump them in a "re spawning body/corpse."
•COMPLETELY loot chests/containers. If you open some kind of cache and there's only a couple of items that you want, the game may have to track the left-over contents inside the chest.
This is OPTIONAL! No one has confirmed if this step works.
•Have one quest active at a time. If you have several "activated quests" at once, all of the markers & information for the quest/s must be tracked. So if you only have one or even no quests activated, the game won't have to be calculating that information.
If you've successfully followed this guide and your save file increased by 1 or 2MBs, don't worry, your save file is just confused about the "missing" items it has been tracking for ages. When you re-load the game and delete even more items from the game, your save file will eventually reduce in size.