(Unorganized + ADD) * (Clutter) = MESS

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by aCondor, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. aCondor macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2010
    United States
    I'm looking for some advice on how to organize my MBP. I've got ADD, love technology, and need to remain clean and clutter free - otherwise my productivity suffers.

    My solution thus far has been a few clean installs, though habits always reappear and the cluttered HD claws its way back.

    Any tips or simple programs that decrease clutter and organize your thoughts, documents, etc. with a clean interface? Organized people of MacRumors, help me out!
  2. Hellishness macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    There's not much we can say to help you. For documents, keep multiple folders for different kinds of documents, and use them. Never save anything on your desktop. Do the same with pictures, movies, etc. Keep your iTunes up to date, keep all album art, etc.

    It's all on you. I don't have any real tips that could necessarily help you if you don't follow them.
  3. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    Medication and therapy?

    OP, You create the clutter that bothers YOU. No third party solution is going to help that.
  4. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    What do you mean with "clutter"?

    I have all my media automatically organized by iTunes, and my photos are being copied into the iPhotos library. Other than that, I basically only use two folders - Downloads and Documents. In those I arrange everything in folders and subfolders according to content. For instance if I'm looking for nutrition facts I will go to /Documents/Training/Food/Nutrition/

    When I delete an app I will start with using their uninstaller, if any, I will then use the guide that's posted here on MR (do a search on the app's name, include system files, delete them).

    Other than that, I let OS X take care of itself. I never use the desktop for instance, barely even know what I have as a background image ;)
  5. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    It is really the same as with a normal office, you put stuff in folders.
    Use more folders and save it right there. Never save anything in downloads or to the desktop unless you absolutely intend to delete it very soon.
    A downloads folder should imo never hold stuff that you miss if you just hit CMD+A and delete it all.
    And the Desktop is imo something that magically creates clutter. Never use the Desktop for nothing but temporary stuff. Put no folders on it, put no files that aren't temporary on it. Just leave it a blank space. Don't even put to many links to apps on it.
    You want order keep a clean desktop. It is the same as with a table you start putting one or two things there and not remove them immediately after work the mess stacks up. Windows of open application are what is some workstuff on your real table that you remove after it is done.
    You never save something on your desktop. I only use it for temporary file copies.
    That is I think the best solution.

    Also don't do it like some noobs and clutter your dock. The dock holds the apps you use every day and the rest you should just access via Spotlight or Alfred. Some people have Photobooth, Widgets and other nonsense in the Dock. They probably think it looks smart because they have so many apps but it just looks stupid.

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