One thing that happens to everyone sooner or later in FarmVille is that you accumulate a bunch of stuff. Whether it’s from decorations that you buy at the market or the endless stream of gifts from friends and neighbors, sooner or later you’re going to collect a lot of items in the game. A question that faces many farmers early on is what to do with all of this stuff? If you just leave it all out on your fields, your farm starts to resemble a junkyard. Worse, having all of these items lying out on the field takes up valuable planting space. But a lot of us are pack rats at heart (hey, they even have a ribbon for that!) so what’s a farmer to do? The answer is simple: storage buildings.
Purchasing buildings to store your extra stuff in FarmVille isn’t cheap, but there are a number of options and some good tips about how to use storage to the fullest. First, let’s look at the basics. You can purchase storage buildings at the Market in the Buildings section. You’ll need to scroll past the houses until you get to the barns section. Any building that shows a capacity number in its stats area can be used for storage. You’ll see that all of the higher capacity storage buildings you can buy cost Farmville Cash. The best storage building you can purchase with just regular coins is the Red Barn. It costs 40,000 coins and stores 6 items. Most of the colored barns, such as the red, blue and black barns, cost 7 FV cash and can hold 20 items. In addition to barns, you can purchase a tool shed, but it only holds 2 items, which is not very much at all, especially considering how much space it takes up on your farm!
Once you place your storage building on your farm, you can put any of your farm items and decorations inside it by first clicking on the item and choosing Move. Then, click on your storage building and it will be placed inside. If you ever need to retrieve it, click on the storage building and then choose Look Inside. You’ll be able to remove items by selecting Use or just sell them if you don’t want to store them anymore.
If you want to expand the capacity of your storage buildings, you can increase each building twice. The first expansion adds 5 storage slots to a building and the second expansion adds 7 for a total of twelve storage spots. So using this technique allows you to expand a colored barn to hold 32 items! There are two options you can use to do this. You can either pay Farm Cash to expand each building you own, or you can hold a barn raising with your friends. To do it with Farm Cash, click your building, then choose Expand and then click the Buy button next to the building. To hold a barn raising, click on the Expand button instead.
A barn raising is a fun event, but it’s a little complicated. Here’s how it works. First, select this option for the building you want to expand. A message will be posted on your profile telling friends you’re hosting a barn raising. You need to get ten friends to help you within three days for the barn raising to be successful and for the expansion to work. Usually, this means you’ll need to pester some of your friends to help out. It takes some effort, but it’s a viable alternative to spending Farm Cash. A small bonus is that each of your friends will receive 100 coins if they help out with the barn raising.
Storage is a really important part of the game, especially as you progress through the levels and accumulate more stuff. Also, you’ll really need good storage options to earn some of the higher level Pack Rat ribbons, like the blue ribbon, which requires you to own 250 decorations. Knowing how to store stuff and expand your options will make hoarding a lot of items in Farmville a lot easier.