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Where can I safely store my stuff?

If I store things in a chest in a room I have rented, will it safely stay there like it would in a house I own or will it vanish after a few days?

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marked as duplicate by Mark Trapp, badp Apr 18 '12 at 7:43

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Tip: If you join the Companions and gain access to the lower levels in Jorrvaskr, you can use the cupboard there to hoard stuff as it will not reset. This is great because you'll be able to store stuff earlier on in the game at which point most players don't own a house. – rasade88 Apr 18 '12 at 4:46
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Items in any chest that doesn't belong to you can vanish.

Most containers in the game are subject to reset, that is, they clear out all the contents after a certain period of time and are reset to their initial state. Most containers reset after about a week of game time, however, examining the contents of the container causes the countdown to start over. A container could be made to never reset simply by opening it once every 5-6 days or so. Any item a player has left in a container that has reset is lost. Wiki

(Just on a side note, I read a few times that chests had reseted earlier than the 7 days the wiki states as the interval.)

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Also found in the wiki link is places where the storage item does not reset it contents. (i.e. in your purchased house). – Taz Apr 15 '12 at 1:10

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