In the instance of the chest, it has to be empty or it will stay in place. At each one of these events you’re have the time to get to understand the folks within the community and see them in a different light than normal. It requires 2 days to receive it back. It’s all centered around whatever it’s you want to do that day. Don’t bother upgrading your pickaxe if you don’t know you won’t visit the mine for a few days.