Sort Smarter. Laundry takes a long time to do, and a lot of the time-suck is usually the sorting portion of the program. Create a system to solve this problem! Have two separate hampers: One for whites and one for colors. When you toss a shirt in the laundry, throw it in the appropriate hamper. By having two hampers, you essentially erase sorting from your routine. Tip: If you regularly hand wash clothes, you may want to consider three hampers.