When stored properly, tools will last a long time as they’re not at as much risk of damage or loss compared to when they’re left lying around.
In terms of storage, tool bags often feature a large internal pocket, multiple small internal pockets, and various external pockets to hold items of different sizes.
However, while they have the capacity to store a large number of tools, they don’t always provide the best organisation – meaning people resort to chucking tools into whichever pockets or compartments they’ll fit. This can lead to being disorganised, and items either get lost or damaged, plus a lot of time is wasted searching for something right at the bottom.
First-Order Retrievability is the concept of never having to move a tool in order to get to another one – providing a faster and more efficient way of working.
If a tool bag or toolbox setup is designed with a First-Order Retrievability mentality, everything inside is organised so it’s visible and easy to access.
It’s a concept which was popularised by Adam Savage, co-host of Discovery Channel's programme MythBusters.
Compartments can be designed to organise the contents inside, so almost all the tools are standing vertically for quick visibility and easy access. The pictures below show how this can be achieved: