Though we don’t consider ourselves (or you) reckless with belongings, we’d be lying if we said we hadn’t inadvertently sabotaged an item by not properly caring for it. Nothing is more disappointing than having to toss a beloved cashmere sweater or pair of boots because you yourself didn’t take care of them. Oh, the waste!
But you know what? That stops today, friends. We gathered a roundup of simple yet effective tips to make sure you never have to say farewell to anything because of something you did (or didn’t) do to keep it as pristine as possible. From how to wash your intimates to the dry-cleaning mistake you’re probably making, see below for eight ways you’re ruining your stuff—and how to stop!