I don't like having a messy desktop.
I know many people who use their desktop as temporary storage for random files, but seeing lots of files all over a desktop gives me anxiety.
Instead, I prefer to use the downloads folder for temp storage. I have my browser settings set to download files directly to the downloads folder without asking, and I can quickly manage files from there.
I don't like having a messy downloads folder either, but I only ever see it when I'm moving files in or out of it so it's not so bad.
Regardless of what folder you use for temporary storage, over time there is a tendency for files to start to collect.
I'm usually pretty good about deleting old downloads, particularly if they're just installers, or copies of files that I've got stored elsewhere, like email attachments or cloud storage.
Even still, every now and then there are files that linger. Files that I've either downloaded or created that don't really belong in any of my existing folders. Sometimes they're text files with notes. Sometimes they're PDFs that I want to read and delete that I just never seem to get around to dealing with.
If any of this sounds familiar, there's a simple system I use to keep my downloads folder tidy and my files organized. It's easy to remember, and it doesn't take much time or energy.
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