Ok, now this may sound pretty stupid, but old habits die hard...
I always have lots of icons on my desktop. Not files (I know exactly where to find my data) but programs. Some of them I use practically every day, so I find it handy when they are on my desktop. Some others I use very rarely and if I hadn't the icon sitting there I wouldn't remember that I have them, what they are called and where to find them
The result is a very full desktop. I find everything I need at a glance but it is ugly. Now I've started to put some programs into the quickstart list but I don't want to put too many there, there isn't room enough for all of them anyway.
In your screenshots I've seen beautifully clean desktops - which makes me wonder how you start your programs - going through the list of installed programs all the time?
It would be cool if there was a way to keep them somehow organized in groups. Is there perhaps a tool for that?