Lightroom CC: Is there a 1-2-3 step process (job aid) to "uninstall" Lightroom CC and all related files?

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After spending an exorbitant amount time working through sync issues and racking up lots of bandwidth usage, I've decided that Lightroom CC isn't ready for prime time. Or at least ready for me. Therefore, I'd like to safely remove the Lightroom CC v1.2 desktop application (easy) and also clean up all of the files that have been synced/downloaded to my computer (MacBook). Is there a step-by-step job aid available I can follow to do this?

FWIW: I'd hoped to use Lightroom Classic, which I'll keep, in combination with Lightroom CC, to support a workflow that would provide the "best of both worlds". In my case, that meant having powerful editing capabilities on my desktop coupled with the security and convenience of online and readily accessible online storage.
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No, there isn't a 123 Just uninstall it through the Adobe CC application, and delete a file called Lightroom Library.lrlibrary which is in Pictures.

If you enabled Local Storage (in Preferences) there may be another folder in the location you specified. But only you will know what folder that may be.

Consider your originals - are there any originals which may only exist in the cloud and haven't been backed up locally. If so, there is a downloader tool somewhere.
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For facility, use Clean my Mac, let him search for all dependent modules and go to execute.
Thats it!
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It is inconceivable to me that Adobe has done this.  
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Done what specifically, Jack?
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Update: I decided to make one more attempt to use both products concurrently. I now have all of my collections/albums in Lr Classic and Lr CC synced 1-1 and organized in the same manner. Now, I need to be thoughtful/careful with my workflow to ensure I don’t get out of synch; e.g., don’t delete from Lr CC and leave orphans in Lr Classic. I’ve got 43K photos but now only one Classic catalog, after merging three, so that helps.
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Update 2: My current workflow (simplified) as seen below, is enabling me to keep my Lr Classic and LR CC environments synced, at least at a high level (i.e., individual metadata fields are only synced by what is/is not supported by Lr CC). Although crude, it allows me to accomplish one of my original primary objectives (online storge), and will also enable me to start to building my Adobe Portfolio site using the content from Lr CC.

In Lr Classic
  1. Import the photos into an import folder.
  2. Create a collection and add all of the photos from the import folder.
  3. Reject/edit selected photos in the collection.
  4. Rename the remaining photos in the collection.
  5. Delete the rejected photos in the import folder.
  6. Move the import folder into a permanent (to be backed up) folder structure.
  7. Sync the collection with Lr CC.
Then in Lr CC
  1. Set Local Storage Preferences (one time) - see first screenshot.
  2. Import the photos from the permanent folder above.
  3. Move the new album, created from the synced collection, into a folder hierarchy.
  4. Reorder the album to agree with the collection, if necessary, via Lr Web album Custom Sort (workaround I discovered)
The second screenshot shows the end state sync status for each photo in the Lr CC album.