I had a similar wish. I installed the things I wanted, and then let swaret follow the
dependencies. This seems to work.
I ended up with so many things I didn't want that I changed my mind.
I then uninstalled all the gnome and kde things I'd installed. This took a lot longer than
I'm running icewm as a window manager, firefox as a browser, and currently DFM as
a file manager on top of icewm. Everyone has his/her own needs and preferences, but
this works fine for me. I actually don't use many capabilities of DFM. I'm pretty much
console oriented except for a few things (graphics -- I use skencil, formerly sketch,
reading postscript (gv), reading pdf (acroread) ..., and open office when I really need
to communicate with someone MSwindows or Mac bound).