Okay, folks. I've seen some pretty casual vinyl storage lately at people's houses, which is cool if you're doing the whole slacker thing or whatever ...
But ... if you want to embrace the large, tactile format that is the vinyl record, and have your collection stand the test of time, there are a few simple precautions you should take with your records while not in use.
First off, if your collection is minimal, consider a cool little table like this one:
When you aren't playing a record, put it away. Slide it back into its sleeve and then back into its jacket. When records sit out, they are more likely to be on the receiving end of an accident.
Also, always prop up your records vertically. Get them as close to upright as you can, and make sure they're not receiving any external pressure that would cause them to warp.
There are other handling "best practices," but this should get you off to a good start. At any rate, it's worth considering, especially if you plan to hang on to your records for the long haul.