Here's how I sort and manage laundry: I go by weight, not color, usually. The heavy includes towels, denim, and anything else that would need extended dryer time. The other two are dress clothes or items that need to be removed from the dryer immediately, and another load that consists of everything else, from socks to t shirts to capris. Sort dirty laundry according to which hamper/load of laundry so that as soon as the basket is full (read: NO LID!) you know it's time to do the laundry!