You all may do this already but I found something that's helping me immensely in setting up my general reference filing system.
I bought the Brother labeler and yes, the hype is true for me. It changes the entire way I look at my files. Big note - per DA's advice, spend the extra for the AC adaptor and you don't have to worry about finding 6 batteries every time you turn around. My files are looking great.
The trouble for me is remember how I filed something. Is my cell phone manual under M (motorola), C (cell phone), M (manuals) or O (Owners Manuals) As the number of files grows, it can get tougher and tougher to find.
I know there are products out there like Paper Tiger software that will help but it seemed overly complicated for what I wanted to do.
So I simply set up an Excel sheet and labeled my columns as such:
Date Created, Drawer, Letter, File Name, Contents - Key Words
My motorola cell phone manual entry looks like this under the columns:
Date Created - 3/20, Drawer - 1, Letter - O , File Name - Owners Manuals, Contents - Key Words - V60 cell phone manual
When I need to find something, I can hit the "find" button and quickly type in a couple of key words and then instantly find where I stashed the info. Works like a charm.
I've never in my life felt as confident filing something. Cool stuff.