So in the search help it says 'If you're in a room, you may be checking behind things for hidden exits, looking behind curtains for hidden people, checking the shadows or even the cupboards, depending on what you end up finding. You and other characters should RP this minutiae.'
So lets say you've started building a hidden stash where in a room you and maybe even other players know what is where, like a gun beneath a pillow, or a stash of drugs in a false panel of the wall, things like that. However you also have other things hidden and maybe it's time sensitive you get the item you're specifically looking for (like that gun beneath the pillow because your apartment is getting broken into) and you have 10 other times to go through before you can find the gun.
So how about a 'search for' command, in which you're in a room, you know what and where you're looking for something IC, and you can just go digging for that specific item such as 'search for cricket bat' then you start rooting around and anything with the tag cricket bat gets rifled out first.