If you're like me, rearrange your home screen every few months. Instead of pulling up the old icons and clicking on the "Remove" button, there is a much faster and, frankly, more satisfying option.
Try holding the app icon for a long time. Swipe it up like you're throwing it away. Swipe up quickly and let go, then the app will be removed from your home screen. Not only is this gesture easier to perform, it also reduces the risk of your phone falling off, especially when using larger devices.