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Decluttering to Build a More Profitable Operation

Here is Chris Blanchard’s list of things to do to get a fresh start for your operation.

Things that you have, but aren’t using, suck up resources.

Bills Tractor. Photo by Kathy VothEquipment sitting in the bone yard requires you to mow around it if you don’t want a thistle patch. And sitting there, it occupies space on your balance sheet that could be converted to something productive.

An unread book sitting on your bookshelf provides a great excuse for procrastination.

Boxes that you no longer use take up space on the shelf, requiring you to work around them.

Policies that you don’t enforce erode your authority as an employer.

Categories in your chart of accounts that you no longer use encourage miss-allocation of spending.

Items on a to-do list that you don’t intend to complete creates a soul-sucking cognitive dissonance.

Resentment and bitterness occupy mental space that would be better used on love and kindness.

Cleaning up and clearing out frees up mental, physical, and financial energy. It allows you to focus on the things that move your farm, business, and life in the direction you want to go.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.


  1. Poignant reminders from Chris, made all the more so by the fact that Chris passed away this fall. Thanks for sharing this article again.

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