I am doing my best to fix a habit of a lifetime - I drown in paper and struggle to discipline it. The wonder of the modern age, the PC (or in my case a Mac) has just added more areas for mess to collect.
Today I made some inroads on one room at home. Well to be exact one densely packed corner of one room - my desk at home. Still it feels good to reunite some long lost paperwork.
Coincidentally the New York Times discusses the joy of clutter in a current article titled "Saying Yes to Mess" [registration required] It would be a great article to cite to support the status quo but realistically there has to be some order - you just shouldn't obsess about it.
As for my computer I was also coincedentally reminded that my 14 day trial of Hazel was up. Hazel is a digital-housekeeper for Mac OS X - the beginnings of the long-promised software agents which would monitor our behaviour and recommend action.
Hazel is a step on that path but rather than intelligence 'she' provides rule-based processing of files. Hazel has proven to be rather useful for me in the recent 14 day trial helping me clean my desktop (now only 5 files hanging around) and also my download folder (moving files to the right places on my Mac automagically).
This Mac OS X Hints article provides more insights into how Hazel can be applied. And yes you can accomplish much of this for free with Applescript Folder Actions but Hazel is friendlier and faster to configure.