Reclaim Disk Space on a Mac by Periodically Clearing Out ~/Downloads
See that screenshot? That’s my Macs Downloads folder measuring in at a whopping 26.18GB and begging for deletion. I’m a pretty savvy individual but I’ve somehow neglected to periodically delete the contents of ~/Downloads and it grew to include over 7,000 files and consume 10% of my overall disk space.
Here’s the worst part about this: the majority of that space was taken up by music files, including songs that have already been added to iTunes. In other words I needlessly had two copies of tons of music. Oops.
The moral of the story here is don’t forget to check on your ~/Downloads folder from time to time, it grows a lot more than you’d expect. If you want a super fast way to do this, this tip is great: hit Command+Spacebar to enter Spotlight, type “Downloads” then hit Command+i to bring up the Get Info window.