I recently picked up a fascinating little volume that contained within its slim binding some of the greatest secrets of the universe. Like how to fold a fitted sheet. The book was called Betty’s Laundry Secrets, and it’s everything my mother knows about washing, drying, ironing, and folding that I don’t. Highly recommended.
But this is not about laundry. Early on, while revealing some of the more basic esoterica, Betty explains that in addition to sorting whites, blacks, and colored before washing, she recommends that, if you have enough laundry, sorting your colors into “bright” “pastel” and “jeans.” Then she adds, “But New Yorkers can just make one big pile for ‘black.'”