When I was a young motorcycle owner I visited the garage of cycle mechanic from Germany. He had an interesting way of working on motorcycles. His tools were laid out on a canvas in a specific order. As he used each tool he put it back in the exact same space every time. That way he always knew where to reach to pick up any specific tool.
Unfortunately, I was not able to translate that highly disciplined method of tool management to files and folders on my Mac’s Desktop. At the end of the day I’ll put away, save, and delete files as needed, but by the end of the next day the Desktop is as messy as ever.
One way to clear the clutter is a unique app called Desktop Groups. Regardless of the files scattered across the Desktop, most of them belong in specific groups, and Desktop Groups automatically puts them where they belong, clean, neat, organized.
Here’s what an organized Desktop looks like on a Mac.
You get controls to manage the group names, change the group colors, and move the groups around on the screen as you need.
Files can be added or removed using drag and drop. Groups with more files can be resized. Accessing the groups is easy, too, from either the Menubar or the Dock. Even the grid size can be adjusted.
This takes a little getting used to because it’s actually easier to organize a Desktop of messy files than using the Finder, but it doesn’t do the deed automatically. I’d pay extra for an app that does.