Josi Kilpack wrote a post called It Worked For Me where she shares a great idea for getting kids' chores to work. She's invited readers to blog about what worked for them.
Here is something that has worked for me in doing laundry. I keep two laundry baskets in my closet-one white and one blue. The white one is for whites and the blue one is for colors. After my husband and I get dressed, we throw our dirty clothes in the appropriate basket. When it's time to do laundry, it's already sorted. I just grab the basket and throw the clothes in the washer.
I do the same with my kids. In their room, they have a blue hamper and a white laundry basket I keep under one of their beds. They know that the whites go in the laundry basket under the bed and the colors go in the hamper. They know to put away their dirty clothes right away. One of them is better than the other one. My 6 year old still needs reminders to pick his clothes up off the floor, but once he does, he knows exactly where to put them.
In my baby's closet, I keep a hamper and a blue laundry basket. The blue laundry basket is, you guessed it, for colored clothing. He's still not putting away his dirty clothes--that's mostly for my benefit, but I think he's getting ready to have that chore. He's three now.
It makes laundry so much easier. No more sorting-ever!! It's all sorted out. I just grab baskets and go. I also keep a basket in my bathroom closet for towels--towels only.
This has really worked for me.