… are more or less the same thing, but they feel different.
Clean-up is orientated towards the past, while preparation looks to the future.
Clean-up is the drudge work, while preparation is setting the stage for the next thing.
Clean-up means “I’ve finished.” Preparation means “I’m ready.”
Your office. Your kitchen. Your car. Your living room. Your sports kit. Your towel folded next to the shower. Your bed.
Not just-enough or sort-of-tidy, but ready-to-go and easy-perhaps-even-a-pleasure-to-use.
Reminds me of the Scout motto, ‘Be prepared’. Or, when I arrive home exhausted at the end of the day, do I drive straight in and get indoors as soon as possible, or do I reverse along the drive so that I am ready for immediate action the next day?
True… And perhaps the best preparation is a circular driveway!