Today’s task is primarily for the digital aficionados. You know who you are: the ones who are constantly downloading documents, photos, memes and videos. Downloading is quick and easy, giving us instant access to what we want to see. Unfortunately, we rarely go back into the folder and clear out what we no longer want. Clearing out downloads may seem unnecessary, but a clogged downloads folder can zap a lot of space on your disk, as well as slow down your computer’s operating speed.
Once a week, take a peek inside this folder. Rename the downloads you want to keep using a naming convention, such as “year-month-day-subject.” Then, move these documents out of your downloads folder and into the appropriate location on your hard drive. Anything you don’t want can get dropped into the trash.
If you haven’t done this for a while, it may take a bit of time to clear it out. However, once you get into this weekly habit, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes a week.
Do you download a lot of files? When was the last time you cleared out this folder?