I like the empty containers. And I like the workbenches and desks full of stuff not useful to adventurers. Not being sarcastic.

For me, it makes the world seem more alive and makes the experience more immersive. And the stuff the devs put in the chests makes sense. Some chests have silver glasses -- looks like the goblins raided some altars. Some chests have wooden cups -- looks like this family didn't have much money. And the useless items play a role in the arcane tower quest where useful items are hidden as useless ones.

A "I search the room" button wouldn't a bad way to minimize the annoyances for those who dislike mundane items and keep them for people who think mundane items make the world seem more alive.