I wish I were one of those people who keep their email inbox at zero and stay on top of discarding old Google documents that are floating around in their Google Drive, but alas, I am not. Instead, I'm pretty sure my unread messages in my inbox number in the thousands (I know, but I promise I read them all!), and I have years' worth of Google spreadsheets that I can't seem to part with from projects that I did nearly half a decade ago. Thankfully, though, I don't have to do a mass deleting of Google files or Marie Kondo my email anytime soon (even though I know I should), because Google allows you the option to buy more storage — and very easily, may I add.
If you are like me and need to up the storage in your Gmail account, all you have to do is either go into your Google storage settings or visit Google One. Select "Upgrade Storage," and different storage options will appear on the screen, ranging from $2 per month for 100GB of storage all the way up to 30TB at $300 per month. Once selected, you'll have to confirm and set up billing. I chose the 100GB selection, and it seems to be working well for me so far (although I'm nearly 41 percent full already, so I may need to expand again!).
Another way to manage your storage is to go to your Gmail inbox, and before clicking on a specific email, the main section of the screen should tell you the percentage of storage you've already used up. Click "Manage" right next to that. Keep in mind that the storage you purchase will be available all across your Google account, not just Gmail (meaning this storage also counts for anything you store in Google Drive and Google Photos).
And if you don't want to spend any money for new storage, you will have to delete emails and old files to free up space. While this does save you a few dollars, it can be very annoying to have to repeatedly do, especially if you have tons of emails and don't know where to start. I recommend sorting your emails from oldest to newest and deleting in bulk, which means you'll get rid of emails you probably haven't read in years and definitely don't need anymore.
So, how do I like my Gmail storage upgrade? It's the best monthly $2 subscription I've ever made.