As we didn't have enough to do adopting a son, we are also in the process of remodeling our basement (mainly to add another bath & bedroom to our 2 bedroom house). Last weekend was spent removing the contents & gutting the whole works back to the cement walls. It was quite an undertaking but we pulled it off thanks to a little help from our friends.
This is the result after the gutting:
After a few days of various contractors on the job, we now have an egress window, plumbing, and framing started. It's just amazing how fast the space is being transformed.