I spent a year in serious desktop modding addictions. It was around the time of the whole RocketDock/Apple fiasco. (because i remember rocketdock was pulled, but it was still 'available.' heh). I fell in love with Rainmeter, AveDesk and RocketDock.
Then one day, i just... stopped. Now the most i run is Fences. I use ALT+255 in naming the few VISIBLE icons i have (it is a blank character, but not a "SPACE". Remove icon names w/out an addon: first icon renamed ALT+255, second icon renamed to ALT+255 x2, and so on), and i have wonderfully minimal desktop on my EEE (now my main heh) and almost zero footprint.