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I know once you have purchased a home you can leave items in the chests inside for easy storage. My question is regarding the surrounding tables and shelves - if I remember correctly from Oblivion you could leave items on the tables and shelves and they would remain. I'm planning on trying this with a not "super needed" item and seeing if it disappears but I just wanted to ask the community if they have tried this and what the results were.

  • I left the dagger keening in my house, left and came back and it was glitched in the wall and I could take it out. So I left and came back again and now it's completely gone – user42868 Feb 23 '13 at 14:18
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No, they will not. The in-game help guide even mentions this:

After purchasing a house, you can safely leave your items inside — They will always be there when you return.

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    Thank you, now to find a nice place for all these skulls. – stay Nov 13 '11 at 7:45
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    Although i did it in my game , and when I came back to it, the items had fallen on the floor!! Not sure if im the only person this has done it to, or why! x x x x – user14281 Nov 14 '11 at 13:29
  • @Heather Oblivion was notorious for the collision game logic "launching" things that were close to each other or in a tight spot when a room loaded. Mods to lock things in place were popular, and if Skyrim has the same problem, expect to see similar mods for it before long! – SevenSidedDie Nov 14 '11 at 16:42
  • @SevenSidedDie — Based on what's happening in my own home, I don't think anything's getting launched. Instead, everything I've placed (vs. what came with the house) seems to be getting reset to wherever it was when I first dropped it. Very odd! – Ben Blank Nov 14 '11 at 16:55
  • @Ben That's very interesting. I bet they're storing the drop location, perhaps as a fix for launching problems. Once that feature is reverse engineered, it should be useful for decoration mods… – SevenSidedDie Nov 14 '11 at 17:00
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I've tried this with a lute and a bee in a jar and so far so good :)

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    How many in-game days has the lute and bee been there? – Wipqozn Nov 13 '11 at 12:49
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I also dropped some stuff at a shop and it is still there. I also dropped a few books and a dagger on the street and I guess the people of whiterun don't like books and a weapon cause it is still there to this day.

I find that whenever I drop something in a store, it is given to me by the store owner. They say something like "Hey, you dropped this. I figured you wanted it back," and then it says item(s) added and it's in my inventory.

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    This is true until you load a different game/save; if you load a save from another world, the world's 'trash' is cleaned up, and only properly saved items (like home inventories) are permanent. – Myrddin Emrys Feb 24 '12 at 21:12
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I don't think they will disappear, but when I place my items in my home and return, I find them everywhere but where I put them.

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