Adam Savage teaches us about first order retrievability.
This is the concept that tools (or, in my definition, whatever implements, physical or digital) should be available without having to search for them. They are displayed and easily accessible.
Key to this system is that things need to be returned to where they belong.
Things that you use often should not be in drawers. Why? Because drawers are “where things go to die.”
I find this to be true of tools, books, musical instruments, kitchen utensils, papers I need to reference, digital files, clothes, office supplies, and pretty much everything in my life. My life is laid out in a visual, first order retrievable manner.
For me, I find that:
1) this reduces decision fatigue. I cannot overstate how helpful this is to me.
2) something is broken with my visual input - I literally can’t find things easily unless it’s obvious
3) it reduces clutter
4) improves workflow and efficiency
5) promotes minimalism and/or konmari