Here’s a traditional problem that nearly every Mac user faces every day. The inevitability of Desktop clutter. The Mac’s Desktop is a folder that collects a little of everything, an unheralded dropping off point for files before they’re moved to Documents, Pictures, Movies, or Music.
It’s funny how in the age following the age of skeuomorphism, the Desktop is still called desktop, and it’s still cluttered with files and folders; much like a real desktop on a real desk. Wouldn’t it be easy if there was a one-click way to clean the Desktop? There is.
Hide It Under A Rug
The metaphoric app name here is wrong, but the idea behind Rug is spot on. Think of sweeping everything under a rug and you have Rug, the app that cleans your Mac’s cluttered Desktop.
I blame the Mac’s Finder for some of the clutter. The Desktop (a folder available for viewing in the Finder, subject to Finder organizational rules) places files and folder hilly nilly, hither and yon, and there’s no discernible organization applied.
Rug ends the mess with a click. Select the Mac’s Desktop or any folder cluttered up inside with files, and click the big green Sweep button. Instantly, all the files on the cluttered Desktop disappear, only to reappear in a neatly preserved archive in Rug.
That’s it. Three steps. Select the Desktop or folder of files. Click the Sweep button. Check the archive folder. Each sweep in Rug gets an archive folder which makes them easy to find with Spotlight.
If the Desktop gets cluttered again, simple rinse and repeat. You may end of up with a bunch of archives; files and folders which really should be organized and placed in a proper location on your Mac, but Rug makes the cleaning easy and simple so you can organize later while staring at a pristine Desktop on your Mac.