Not long ago, I tackled the long-overdue tech project of cleaning out my computer’s “Pictures” folder. It had grown ever more unwieldy after years of backing up my phone’s photos and dumping the contents of my DSLR’s memory cards, so I decided it was finally time to eliminate duplicate photos, blurry shots, useless screengrabs, and other assorted detritus. That allowed me to sort the remaining contents into albums without much hassle.
Why did my Pictures folder get so messy? Mostly, I blame Google Photos, which makes searching through old pictures so easy that I was content to just ignore my