I can find a movie pretty quickly, now. It wasn't always this way. I used to wonder where that special movie was that I wanted to watch. After too much searching, I would finally choose something else because the one I wanted was lost in the heap, so to speak. Then, I got smart and created a very workable system.
For starters, I figured out how many kinds of movies were used in my home. There are some that I enjoy and some for the kids. Of course, we have movies that are my husband's particular favorites, too. Once I had established some ground rules, I was able to move forward with a plan.
Using a combination of colors and codes, I separated the movies according to where they were most watched. It was decided that we had five separations for our movies. You may choose to have more or fewer. Our distinguishing factors were: Daddy's, Mama's, Kid's, Church and Cartoons.
Next, I assigned each group a color. I listed all of the movies in alphabetical order so I could easily find any movie I was looking for. This will take some time, but when you are done, it is easy to add or take away according to how you buy or give away some of your stock.
After listing all the movies, I created a color-code at the top of the page, like this:
D=Daddy M=Mama K=Kids R=Religious C=Cartoons
Now, all you have to do is go through your list and color each movie to match the person whose shelf the movie is stored on. All of our DVD's are close together, but we no longer have any problems with kids sorting through all the shows that Daddy likes to watch so they can find a cartoon. They know just which shelf holds the cartoons.
When you are finished, your list will look something like this:
150 Cartoon Classics = C
Adventures In Babysitting = M
Ant Bully, The = K
Bambi = K
Battlestar Galactica = D
Beauty and the Beast = K
Cold Mountain = D
Daffy Duck = C
Daffy Duck = C
Love Comes Softly = R
Gods Must Be Crazy = M
Since developing this system, we have been able to find any movie we wanted within a couple of minutes. If you feel that you want to keep all of the DVD's together, you can eliminate the color-coding, altogether. Simply alphabetize.
I hope this system will help you find what you're looking for, too.