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I'm trying to clean up my MacBook, too much stuff. Where should I start, are there any how to's that I can use?
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By too much stuff, what are you referring to? Too much music, movies, photos?

The reason we ask is because it's not recommended to start arbitrarily deleting things from your hard drive. That usually leads to trouble. Tell us what it is that you would like to remove.
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If you don't know what it is, don't delete it. If it's not a file (includes the above) think twice before you delete it. If you don't know the consequences of deleting it, don't.

Looking for an app to make these decisions for you sounds like the "easy" way. It can also lead to trouble.
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I have 105 MB's on my Desktop. My Documents folder has 10.3 GB's (9 of which are a video project). Too much, just right or...wrong questions?
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I have 105 MB's on my Desktop. My Documents folder has 10.3 GB's (9 of which are a video project). Too much, just right or...wrong questions?
As quoted above only delete files that you've created /added like those in Documents/pictures/video but only you can tell whether they are able to be deleted or perhaps moved to an external hard disk.

Another option is to uninstall any software you've added that you no longer need. Again, stick to apps you've installed and you know you don't use.

If you really can't remove things because you need to keep them you need to consider the external drive or replacement hard disk option.

Running the automated scripts in a tool like Onyx will safely clear down temp files, caches, etc.

External hard disk acquisition addict - but admitting the problem is the first step to a robust backup

Please use the reputation system if you think you've been helped - top right of this post
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