I have determined that it is in my best interests to continually ensure the Downloads folder in my user profile directory be kept as clean as possible. Allowing clutter to build up is detrimental for the following reasons.
- Size: why are we saving a duplicate copy of an online download anymore? You can find anything on the Internet again.
- Not in cloud storage: redirecting the Downloads folder does not work well with Dropbox or OneDrive.
- Lost files: a cluttered Downloads folder promotes the possibility of losing an important file that was retrieved via downloading through a browser. If it is important, it does not belong in the Downloads folder.
Do yourself a favor and don’t do as I once did. Keep your Downloads folder empty and clear. Delete program installers when done and move important files to better storage folders.