So, this is my question: how do I hide some (or all) of the menus from my menu bar in OS X. A lot of the applications I use have very large menus that I never or very rarely actually use (I know the keyboard shortcuts for the functions I need). On the other hand the right side of the menu bar is useful, since it gives me access to things like wifi and bluetooth status, vpn connections, caffeine, etc. Unfortunately the menus take a lot of space and overlap with the menulets and hide them, especially on a small laptop screen. Sometimes I won't even be able to see the time, if the application is particularly bad about the number of menus.
So, I would like to either hide all menus completely (and then use something like MenuPop in case I actually need one of those functions) or have the menulets on the right take precedence in being displayed rather than the menus on the left. Any ideas?