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No one likes to have their mess pointed out, but in this case, Janice Hammon of Mission Viejo wasn’t embarrassed when asked about having the messiest garage in Los Angeles.

PODS Los Angeles teamed up with Garage Envy, CBS Los Angeles, KNX 1070 and KFWB 980 to award one lucky winner with a garage makeover and free storage during the transformation in their recent contest to find L.A.’s messiest garage. Radio station listeners were encouraged to upload photos of their grimy garages on the website where the community could vote for their favorite.

“There were a lot of garages submitted in the contest that needed a makeover and some serious cleaning,” says Jamie Dietenhofer, founder and co-executive of Garage Envy, Inc. “After taking a closer look at the Hammon’s home, it was clear how much it would mean to their family for us to renovate their garage and give them a fresh start.”

Both the mess and the cleanup process have been a full family effort. Hammon’s daughter, 23, heard about the contest on the radio and submitted a photo of the family’s garage in all its messy glory, hoping for a desperately needed makeover.

The real motivation for the cleanup is Hammon’s husband who is a passionate car fan and remote control car collector. Taking up one third of the garage is a well-preserved Plymouth Barracuda which remains carefully covered to protect it from the surrounding clutter.

“Our garage is definitely a man cave,” says Hammon. “I’m looking forward to giving my husband an area where he can have the elbow room to work on his cars and we can also enjoy spending time with him.”

Hammon and her family first moved into their home in 1987 before their daughter was born. “Our garage is full of 24 years of collecting and storage for items we never could quite get rid of,” says Hammon.

“When we saw the Hammon’s garage, I knew what a fun challenge this would be,” says Tim Preston, general manager of PODS Los Angeles. “PODS is proud to be donating storage for this family and we are all eager to see the finished product.”

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