Before pics can be found below in one of the initial posts. But oh man I cannot wait until the final afters!!!
Step 1-Clear out, clean out, bag up.
Step 2- Tear out closets. You could also read this tear as crying. I almost did. My two 8' storage closets are no more. For now.... :-(
Step 3: Scrap and scrap and scrap and scrap, then paint on a layer of "water barrier". Hmmmm why aren't there any pictures of this? Two reasons. 1.) I did 95% of the scraping and 80% of the painting and I am the "photographer". 2.) Andrew was outside tearing out our basement windows.