I think I'm not the first one to talk about this problem even here in dev.to. I quick research trying to found any solution concluded with the image that is the head of this text. The node_modules folder is where your project dependencies are stored, common knowledge. Its weight is also common knowledge.
Why I decided to vent my frustration now
Black Friday is here! It means discounts and the opportunity to update your computer. Therefore I decided to buy a SSD to boost the performance of my laptop, from 1 TB HDD to 500 GB SSD. All my files right now sums 299 GB, so I will not lose much space, but I decided to do the housekeeping work even so, this includes making backups of my projects. Not all projects I make I put on GitHub, sometimes I'm just experimenting and it is not worth the trouble, but I keep them anyway.
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