A few months ago, I started thinking it would be cool to scan all the crud that was in my "to file" pile, and then just shred or toss it. Medical bills, receipts, kid's report cards, you know.
I found a great program for the task - Benubird Pro - It appears to be completely free, not a free limited version, just free. Resist the urge to create folders in Windows and sort them that way, all you gotta do is to scan everything into one folder, Benubird sorts it any way you like it: By title, category, date, stuff like that, and then you can create any kind of tag. The software is called Benubird Pro PDF but it seems to accept any kind of document I have thrown at it, not just PDF files.
UPDATE: Right now I am back to using the file cabinet for now. A few problems with the "Scan it and Forget it" idea;
#1 MAJOR problem - My old flatbed scanner on my all-in-one printer is waaay too slow for something like this. That was the deal killer. We're going to look at other types of scanners and try them out before we buy into it. Then that creates the inconvenience of yet another device. I wonder if my cellphone camera is up to the task? That goes on my list of things to investigate
#2 Problem, you have to back up all these files, I have an automatic online backup service, but that might add a few bucks a month to the bill unless I prune the pile occasionally.
#3 Some things might still need to be filed, particularly if you keep the manuals for all the gadgets and tools you accumulate. That is a habit I need to give up, it's not like I would ever refer back to any of it, and there's always Google.