You sort through it all. Likes with likes.
You always want to check the pockets and remember to never mix the two or you'll end up with a discolored, disfigured and indiscernible Panama Jack Tee-shirt or an unfortunate splotch of blue ink on your favorite knock-around shorts.
Yep, it's laundry day in the life of a bachelor. It might not come around as often as it does in the lives of our committed counterparts, but it's no less important. And no less complicated.
Where I live, I share laundry facilities with my neighbors. We have two washers and two dryers and it costs a dollar to turn anything on.
Sure, they're a little quirky, but they beat lugging a basket full of dirty underwear down to the Laundromat in front of Buddy's on North Highland. And they're only open until 9 p.m.
When a bachelor washes clothes, it's because he has to. The need can strike at almost any time and it's often unexpected.
But doing laundry, as you may or may not know, is a bit of a commitment in and of itself. Especially when your neighbors are waiting for you to pull your sweater out of the wash so they can put in their comforter. Timing is everything in a community like this. And if you don't pull out your sweater, your neighbor will. I know. I've done it.
So something to remember when you're washing clothes is that you can't leave your place. At least not for long. You've got to be back in 45 minutes in washer time (it's really more like 53 minutes in you-and-me time) so you can unload and crank up the dryer.
And when I say the machines are quirky, I mean they sometimes stop mid-cycle and leave your dress shirts soaking in a sea of blue liquid laundry detergent while you think it's spinning the water our of your cuffs and collars.
But when it is time to dry, remember to clean the lint screen. Sometimes you'll find enough lint to knit a sweater, and God knows where it's been.
And because you can't leave, you might as well sit down to dinner.
Pizza is a good meal, and if you time it right, it can coincide with laundry detail to the extent you waste no time.
Preheat the oven while you start the first loads. Pop in the pizza when you're back and in 20 minutes, you're eating the first half.
By that time, it's dryer time. Come back, gnash on the other half and watch a little TV.
But don't get too distracted because before you know it, the dryer is buzzing and you're hauling your fluffy, dryer sheet-laden load back upstairs and hanging up your khakis before they look like you wore them for three days, threw them on the floor for two and put them back on.
The importance of wrinkle-free clothing is immeasurable.
Michael Davis covers government for the Daily Herald. His column appears on Fridays. He can be reached at (770) 957-9161 via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .