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Vinyl Record Album Storage

Vinyl record albums can prove hectic to organize and store effectively. In most cases, the albums become jumbled up and it becomes difficult to get whichever one is needed for use the moment that it is needed. The lean process can be applied in the steps that are employed in trying to solve this problem of jumbled vinyl record albums. The systematic processes that can be employed to lean a vinyl record album collection include:

Arranging them by their genres

The albums can first be arranged by their genres for easy retrieval. For example, rock music albums can be stored in one partition, classical music albums in another, jazz music albums on yet another partition while the country music albums in their own partition. One should ensure that there is no mix-up of the genres. Each album should be stacked in its right partition, where albums of its genre are stacked.

Arranging them alphabetically by their titles

After arranging the albums in accordance to their genres, they can then be arranged in alphabetical order in the various partitions. The albums can be arranged alphabetically depending on either their titles or the artist’s or band’s name. This will make it easy to search for the specific album that is needed. They should be stacked vertically, one after another. The albums should not be placed one on top of the other.

Organizing by year of release

As an alternative of arranging the albums in alphabetical order after stacking them in the various partitions according to their genres, they can also be arranged by the year they were released. The albums can be arranged starting from the recently released ones. The album that was released most recently can be place at the forefront, while the one that was produced along time ago can be placed at the back of the stack. This makes it very easy for someone to retrieve the album that he or she is looking for.

Lean process is vested on certain principles that can give insight in organizing the vinyl record albums. Some of the principles include:

Specifying and creating value

An organization can eliminate all non-value activities or wastes by clearly defining the value for a specific product or service to its customers. Value refers to any product or service that a customer will be willing and ready to pay money for. Specifying value ensures that the value is added to either the product sold or the service offered. When it comes to vinyl record albums storage, it is vital to keep them stored properly in order to avoid destroying them unnecessarily. Records that are stored in a closet in no particular order can be of great inconvenience to someone trying to get and use them. They can be destroyed if dust gathers around them, if they grow mold or if the bend or break. If not stored well, the records will become unplayable and their value will drop.

Identifying and mapping of a value stream.

Organizations identify and map a value stream, which ensures that each step provides value. A value stream is a set of processes and activities across all the parts of the organization, and it ensures that they are involved in jointly delivering the product or service. This represents the end-to-end procedure that delivers the value to the customer. Once the organization is aware of what the customers want, the next step is to realize how it is going to either deliver that to them. The value stream helps to identify and map activities that add value, those that add value but cannot be avoided, and those that that do not add any value and should therefore be gotten rid of. This concept can be applied to vinyl record albums storage in that, first, the albums can be specified by being arranged in alphabetical order depending on their titles, and then they can be stacked. In order to create value for them, the best way to store vinyl record albums is to store them vertically in the open format record cabinet. They should be stacked upright and on edge. They should not be stored on top of each other, as this may cause them to warp over time. The record albums should not be exposed to direct sunlight as this may have a damaging effect on them.


Flow is created when waste is eliminated. It reorganizes the processes and procedures that have been set up, which in turn cause the products to move efficiently through the value creating steps. When an organization looks into its value stream records, it will discover that only a small percentage of the activities it carries out add value. By eliminating waste, an organization is assured that the product or service offered flows to the client without any delays or disturbance. It in turn results in a single piece flow. Flow can be applied to the organization and storage of vinyl record albums in that all the record albums that are damaged, which means that they are of no value, should be eliminated by being thrown away or being destroyed by burning. The waste (muda) is eliminated by either throwing them away or burning them up. This ensures that only the record albums needed are stacked in the cabinet. When the destroyed albums (muda), are eliminated, flow is created and this in turn results in a situation whereby the albums are easily retrievable, making the process of album selection fast and convenient.

The pull system

It is about understanding the customers’ demand for the organization’s service or product, and thereafter creating an ideal process to respond to it. In this case, the organization should only manufacture what the customer wants, and when the customer wants it. The pull system can be applied in vinyl record album storage in that only the albums that are in use should be stacked. The albums that are not going to be used should be eliminated by being thrown away.

Kaizen and Kaikaku

Kaizen is a Japanese word, which literally means change for the better but is used by organizations to mean continuous improvements in the work place. Kaikaku on the other hand is a lean production term that means radical transformation or a reform of an activity or production process to eliminate all waste (muda) and create a larger value. The two principles are used together in that a kaizen activity may lead to a Kaikaku. These two principles may be applied in the storage and organizing of vinyl record albums. Arranging the albums in an organized way will be an improvement (kaizen) from their previous state of disorganization and it is in addition a radical transformation (Kaikaku).