If there is a task you want to prioritize in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, its expanding your inventory and storage.
You’ll soon discover that it’s very easy to fill your inventory, called in-game pockets, in New Horizons with a variety of items, from insects to fossils.
Whether you are crafting or fishing then you will want update your pockets as soon as possible. Expanding your storage will also allow you to store more furniture, clothing, or whatever else you may need in your home.
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Inventory in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Explained
In New Horizons, your inventory is known as your pockets, which you can access by pressing X. It is within these pockets that you will keep all the materials, insects, fish, flowers, clothing, and other items that you collect while playing the game.
When you start playing New Horizons, you will only be able to store 20 items in your pockets. However, as you continue, you will be able to expand your inventory; first at 30 and then at 40.
You purchase these inventory upgrades with Nook Miles, and in total, you will need 13,000 Nook Miles to purchase both expansions. Although you must first unlock the ability to buy them.
Storage in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Explained
New Horizons makes managing your inventory much easier by providing you with a storage space, which is separate from both your inventory and your home. This means that you happily store all the furniture that you are not yet sure what to do with.
You can only access this storage space by pressing the right button on the D-Pad when you are inside your home.
Aside from the ‘All’ tab, which allows you to see everything you currently have in your storage, there are nine different categories within your storage space:
- Home furniture
- Mounted on the wall
- Fashion items
- Other: includes tools, materials, and musical instruments
In the lower left corner of the storage screen, you will find a small counter that records exactly how many items you have in your storage compared to your storage limit.
How to Update Your Inventory in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Explained
If you want to expand your inventory in New Horizons, you must first unlock the Nook Miles store in Nook Stop. To do this, you must pay back the 5,000 Nook miles that you owe Tom Nook for his store.
Once you have done this, you will not only unlock your first home upgrade, but you will also unlock the Nook Miles store in Residential Services.
Access this store and you will find that one of the items for sale is called the Pocket Organization Guide, which will cost you 5000 Nook miles.
This is the first of two inventory upgrades in Nook Miles and will upgrade your inventory from 20 slots to 30.
We highly recommend making this your first purchase at Nook Stop as it will greatly facilitate your island development efforts.
To purchase the second inventory expansion in New Horizons, you must first upgrade Residential Services.
Once the newly built City Hall opens, head straight to the Nook stop inside. There you will discover that the Nook Miles store has a variety of new items for you to purchase.
Inside this upgraded store you will find the second and final inventory expansion. It’s called Ultimate Pocket Stuffing and it will cost you 8,000 Nook Miles.
Once you have purchased this upgrade, your inventory will expand to 40 spaces, allowing you to collect even more items than before.
How to Upgrade Your Storage Space in Animal Crossing: New Horizons Explained
Your storage space at New Horizons will automatically expand each time you upgrade your home.
It also means that when you first land on your island and live in a tent, you will not have access to this storage space. Fortunately, it is very easy to win this first home improvement and you will soon find yourself living under a suitable roof.
Here’s how much your storage will grow as you upgrade your home:
- House built – 80 storage spaces
- First Home Improvement: 120 Storage Spaces
- Second home upgrade: 240 storage spaces
- Third House Upgrade: 320 Storage Spaces
- Fourth House Upgrade: 400 Storage Spaces
- Fifth House Upgrade: 800 Storage Spaces
- Sixth House Upgrade: 1,600 Storage Spaces
The free winter update, released Thursday, November 19, 2020, included a new storage update, bringing the maximum home storage to 2,400.
To get this storage expansion, you must first pay off your final home loan, a total of 2,498,000 Bells, and then visit Residential Services.
When you arrive, Tom Nook will mention that he wants to talk about your home storage, so stop by in his chair and start chatting.
However, before doing so, you will want to collect 500,000 Bells and make sure you have this money in your pockets, not your bank account. Nothing with Tom Nook is really free!
Once you have the Bells, go back to Residential Services and talk to Nook; you will first want to select ‘About my home …’ and then ‘Expand my storage’.
Nook will then verify that you are satisfied with spending 500,000 Bells and if you agree, your storage will be ready the next day after the daily reset time for your island. You will receive a letter in the mail from Nook Inc. the next day confirming that your storage has been extended.
Always make sure to keep an eye on your storage counter, you don’t want to accidentally fill it up!
New to Animal Crossing? Our Animal Crossing New Horizons tips can help you with the basics. Right from the start, there are fish and insects to catch, flowers and fruits to grow with Leif selling seeds, villagers to add or remove, and tools like the new ladder and pole to collect. Once you’ve settled in, you’ll want to make as many bells as possible, start collecting KK Slider songs and working on your island’s star rating, increasing your HHA rating, incorporating Feng Shui into your room design, and acquiring Kitchen furniture. You can also buy fake Redd art, use Dream Suite, and the island backup.
Everything else you need to know about managing your storage in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
There are a couple of things you can do in New Horizons to help you manage your storage, in addition to updating it.
The first is that you cannot store turnips in your home storage. Presumably, this is to prevent you from cheating on the stem market by hiding a load of turnips until the market price is high.
This means that you have to keep your turnips in your inventory or leave them on the ground.
Second, since you can place most items anywhere on your island, this means you can border a small space for additional storage. (Or just throw it out of your house …)
This is very useful if you are waiting for the Museum to finish updating or if you don’t want to lose any Bells using the Nook’s Cranny drop box.
Your pockets also have more to offer than simply storing your items, it is also where you will find your wallet, which can hold up to 99,999 Bells. If you end up having more than that amount, the remaining bells will appear as bell bags in your pockets.
You can also take a certain number of bells out of your wallet and store them in Bell Bags. These quantities are:
- 100 bells
- 1,000 bells
- 10,000 bells
- To the closest round total of Bells you currently have
It is also possible to draw the total for the round closest to the current amount of Bells you have. If you have 69,699 bells, for example, you can roll 69,000 bells.
Finally, there is also a special place for the clothes you are wearing in your inventory. To access this, select the blue shirt icon next to your wallet.
Doing so will allow you to see all the clothes you currently have on. There are nine spaces that you can fill to create an outfit. However, this does not mean that it will fill them all.
If you equip an item that takes up a space that you are already using, say a new hat for example, it will replace the current item that you are using, because sadly you cannot use multiple hats in New Horizons.
Good luck with all your article management schemes!