That’s exactly what I used to do. These days I have a new strategy which is just to never put anything there in the first place. Since it’s always hidden behind numerous applications, I only see it when I reboot, which is every couple of weeks on average, and when I do the last thing I want is to wait a bit longer while icons get loaded up.
Do you remember Microsoft’s ill-fated ‘Active Desktop’ where we were supposed to have news tickers and what-not scrolling across our desktops? I always imagined that only the marketing buffoon that thought that one up would actually be sitting there staring at their desktop and not actually using the computer.