Since our basement consists of one large room, a small laundry room, a small workroom, and a TINY bathroom, I decided that the bathroom would be the easiest to start with because of it's size. It's the easiest to clean & at least become functional. As the kids get older, I know that we are definitely going to be needing another bathroom in this house!
I started by giving everything a good scrubbing so that it could actually be used (except for the shower, which needs one of those shower/tub kits that fit over the existing shower/wall/tub). Besides the shower, I decided that the bathroom definitely needs a new toilet (even now that it's clean, the one we have is really stained & just looks gross) and a new sink & countertop combo. None of which are needed immediately to be able to use the bathroom; they are just old & could use replacing. Other than that, it needs a fresh coat of paint, a new shower curtain & window curtains, trash can & small accessories.
Here are some "before" pictures. I'll post the "after" pics when it's finished.