For anyone who doesn't want to think too much on a Satuday morning (or any morning for that matter) i want to ask why we have a topic heading about "Super Simple Filing" that has already involved at least three extra pieces of software/hardware, etc.... (lol)
Here's what's been working for me - personally (I have about 300 files at work, and about 100 or so at home)
I'm using "the basics" as David outlined either in the book, or here on the board:
Brother P-Touch Labeller ($40 at Costco) Brother P-Touch Label Tape 1/2" Wide - Back on Clear (getting a little "wild" here, because David recommends the white tape) I use "square cut" folders that are sealed on three sides, so that if I have to grab it, shove it in my briefcase, run into a meeting with it, (or worse) lend it to a fellow worker, I'm more secure that nothing is goig to fall out of it.
All the Brother Labels are placed exactly in the center of each manilla folder's square cut tab.
I grab the "whatever" - I think (in two minutes or less) about where it "fits" in my life, what "Category" or "Area of Focus" that it fits into. At home - this might be "Insurance - Auto; or Insurance - Home; then the name of the policy." There are also "Vital Doc's" folders set up for everyone in my family - for things like insurance cards, SS cards, Copies of passports, Driver's Licenses, etc...
At work - those folders can be something like "Client Name" - "Project Name/Number" - "Project Component" OR "Internal Department" - "Department Topic" - "Department Report" or "Department Individual."
I then have some hanigng pendaflex dividers (cut in half) with nothing but "A," "B" etc.. on them, to form a quick "visual index" for the files.
Sure enough - as David (or someone else) said - you open the file drawer; and the consistent placement of the labels, consistent size & shape of the files DO create a three-dimensional "index" or "Table of Contents" for what is in the drawer.
I don't use a separate document to keep track of what's there. The drawers themselves do it.
For those with even more files, and who may be "Database-Phobic" instead of Access; why not just good old "Excel?" There is not that much data that we are trying to organize, and Excel is just as capable of sorting by topic, drawer, etc....just by clicking on a column heading. The benefit to Excel is that you can "strap it to your waist" using your Palm and "Documents to Go." If you've got A LOT of files - just make each letter of the alphabet it's own spreadsheet in Excel. You can then search the entire workbook, or just individual sheets if you need to.
For me, I keep going back to David's yardstick about having "as many buckets" as you need - but "no more." I try to keep my system as "intellectually clutter free" as possible, and for me "simple is powerful." Sometimes I surprise myself with how WELL the basics do work. Its usualy a surprise because I'm not putting my focus into thinking about the system. It just "is."