9 Recommendations to Clean up Your Mac

Even if you own a Mac, it is almost inevitable that it will become cluttered over time. And being cluttered, your computer might experience other related issues. First of all, having a messy Mac will result in you storing a lot of files you do not need on your computer. Furthermore, this may lead to insufficient disk space and your Mac becoming slow.

To avoid your computer from underperforming, in this article, we want to share nine recommendations to clean up your Mac. More to it, cleaning up your Mac will also help you become more productive and find needed files faster.

Recommendation #1: Have at Least 10% Free Disk Space

While preparing to clean up your Mac, checking how much free storage you have left is a good recommendation. Also, aim to always have at least 10% of disk space free. 

To access data about your storage space, look at the top menu, click the Apple icon, and navigate to the About This Mac option. Then, choose the Storage tab. Wait a minute or two, and you will see how much storage space is still free and how much of it is used by multiple types of files.

Recommendation #2: Use iCloud

If you were to click on the Manage button in the Storage menu, you would be led to four options that will help you clean up some storage space.

The first one on the list is called Store in iCloud. If you choose this option, your Mac will automatically store most of your files in the iCloud instead of keeping them on your computer.

Recommendation #3: Optimise Storage

Cache files are usually linked to browser troubleshooting. However, your Mac has three types of cache files: browser, system, and user cache. These temporary files are generally useful for your computer and browser because they help load websites and launch specific processes faster.

However, as time passes, these temporary files can pile up, so it is best to use specialized software to clean them up from time to time. Do not worry; if an application needs a cache file you just removed, it will simply create it again.

Moving forward, the second option that will help declutter your Mac is Optimise Storage. This recommendation is mainly oriented to Apple TV users.

For example, if you are using Apple TV and you have some TV shows or movies that you have already watched, your Mac will automatically remove them from your computer.

Recommendation #4: Empty Bin Automatically After 30 Days

For those of you who struggle to remember and empty the Trash Bin, this option is a must. Just so you know, as long as the deleted items are sitting in the Trash Bin, they are still taking up disk space.

Therefore, if you enable this option, the Trash Bin items will be automatically removed after 30 days of their deletion have passed. 

Recommendation #5: Reduce Clutter

The Reduce Clutter recommendation is a great help if you want to declutter your Mac, but you do not know where to start and where to find the largest files to delete.

This option navigates you through multiple files on your computer, offering you to delete the ones that are most likely no longer useful or really large.

Recommendation #6: Make Sure the Desktop Is Under Control

If you have tens or even hundreds of items on your desktop, you should clean it up if you want your Mac to be running smoothly and at its best speed. 

To clean up the desktop quickly, you can open the View option from the upper menu and choose Clean Up By. It will help you sort the desktop items by your chosen criteria. 

Recommendation #7: Take a Look at Your Apps

If you have acknowledged that apps are taking a lot of space on your Mac while reviewing the storage data, you may want to review them and uninstall some. For example, if you have multiple messaging apps, do you really use all of them? 

In the same Manage Storage menu, you will see a left column. By clicking on Applications, you will be able to access a list of apps you have installed and how much disk space each of them is taking up. Here, you can also easily delete the apps you no longer need.

Recommendation #8: Review Documents & Downloads

The next step to decluttering your Mac is deleting some unneeded documents and reviewing what you have stored in your Downloads folder.

First of all, you can check the list of documents you have on your Mac by clicking on the Document section in the same Manage Storage Menu. Secondly, going through the Downloads folder will help you find many unneeded, one-time use files like PDF concert tickets and old installation files.

Recommendation #9: Remove Cache Files

Cache files are usually linked to browser troubleshooting. However, your Mac has three types of cache files: browser, system, and user cache. These temporary files are generally useful for your computer and browser because they help load websites and launch specific processes faster.

However, as time passes, these temporary files can pile up, so it is best to use specialized software to clean them up from time to time. Do not worry; if an application needs a cache file you just removed, it will simply create it again.

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