just select desktop type which works with your mind way best.
for me kde is most best and can bend kde work perfectly how mind works and check dekstop screenshots behind link:
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look from pics how i organize clock to upper screen, notifications and app/start menu to left side screen and lastly apps and commonly used app shortcuts in bottom screens.
second best desktops are for me cinnamon and xfce (spatrys favourite), but those wont work perfectly for me my mind way.
when you mentioned budgie desktop, then why not test lumina dekstop?
if i remember right, manjaro architect edition have lumina dekstop option.