A feature I was using a lot with the OS X terminal (Well iterm2 actually) is the cleaning of the terminal with
CMD + k.
The Debian terminal can do the same but needs to be configured.
Open the terminal preferences and re-define the shortcut as desired.
In my case I wanted to keep the same (
CMD + k):
Notice the Reset and Clear action
I recommand you to have a look to my article where I'm explaining how to change switch the CTRL and CMD command.