Clean out the Downloads folder with Hazel

If you’re like me, your Mac’s Downloads folder is full of long-forgotten mystery items, much like a college student’s refrigerator. Fortunately, Hazel from Noodlesoft ($21.95) can keep it tidy.

I hate the Mac OS X Downloads folder. It’s where Safari places downloaded files by default and, in my experience, is an out of sight, out of mind landfill of forgotten PDFs, photos, installers and who knows what else. Before long, its contents commandeer a significant portion of your drive’s storage and that’s just unacceptable.

Yes, you can tell Safari to deposit downloads elsewhere. Many people choose the Desktop. It’s a logical choice, as you’ll see your downloads every time you sit in front of your Mac, which will prompt you to act. But the path of least resistance is beautiful and tempting. I typically ignore the junk on my digital desk, figuring, “I’ll clean that up later.” Of course, that never happens.

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