HOLMDEL, N.J. — As with a lot of homeowners, Nicholas Teetelli’s garage was a disaster, an overstuffed hodgepodge of tools, seasonal supplies and things in that weird suburban purgatory — not yet ready to be tossed out, but no longer essential. “It looked like I could have been on an episode of ‘Hoarders,’” he said. “I kept saying, ‘I need to take care of this.’”
“It’s so cool,” said Mr. Teetelli, 58, who also keeps two Harley-Davidson motorcycles in his garage.
Some homeowners skip the big-ticket items like epoxy floors and heating and go straight for the organization. Sort It Out, a firm in Scarsdale, N.Y., helps people organize their houses. The owners, Mauri Zemachson and Jamie Seslowe, usually show potential clients the garage of Ms. Zemachson, a mother of three.
Tall metal shelves are neatly lined with gardening supplies; Halloween decorations; balloons and bubbles; housewares like light bulbs, picture hooks and paper towels; and assorted sports equipment, including helmets for football, hockey and bicycling. A shoe tree holds 18 pairs of athletic shoes. Everything is labeled.
“Most of our clients are mothers who need order,” Ms. Zemachson said. She spoke from experience.