How do some people make workspace organization look easy?

Camille Styles understands this question better than anyone we know. In her new studio building, all of Camille’s spaces need to be totally functional and photo-shoot-ready at a moment’s notice…

So how does Camille keep her workspace calm + neat when it’s being used all the time? Here’s a hint: it’s all about creative storage.

Read on to discover the best practices that Camille and interior designer Claire Zinnecker developed for clean studios + sane minds – photographed by Jessica Pages.

You’ll be able to start using at least one of Camille’s 6 organizing tips right away!

Wall shelves - Easy Organization Tips by Camille Styles

“It was so fun getting to share our new studio space that we posted a couple weeks ago, and a lot of you expressed interest in seeing more details and hearing about how we keep things looking so clean and organized.”

“I’ll admit that it’s a constant challenge… But I’m a firm believer that a well-ordered space translates to a creative and well-ordered mind, so as a team, we stick to a few practices that keep our workspace organized amidst occasional chaos.”

Organized Shelves - Easy Organization Tips by Camille Styles

Organization Tip #1: Make Your Storage Decor 

Turn office storage into a beautiful decor element by mixing woven baskets and brightly colored boxes for office and craft supply storage.

Keep prettier items, like linens and ribbon, in the open baskets, while less attractive supplies (tape and file folders) can be tucked away in the lidded boxes.

Bookshelf - Easy Organization Tips by Camille Styles

Organization Tip #2: Set-Up Your Desk For Success.

These Parsons Desks are sleek and minimalist, but they have two drawers in front that go a long way in keeping the desktop clean. I love that they’re flush with the surface of the desk and don’t have any handles, so they don’t take away from the clean-lined appearance.

We also keep a few stacked trays in the center of our workstations to corral paper, pens and business cards that need to be within easy reach.”

Organized Drawer - Workspace Organization Tips by Camille Styles | west elm

Stacked Trays - Workspace Organization Tips by Camille Styles | west elm

Organization Tip #3: Wall Mounted Drawers

Lots of shallow drawers are your best friend. We have so many craft supplies that, at one time, it drove me absolutely crazy since they made our office constantly feel slightly out of control.

We finally installed this wall-mounted set of shallow drawers that keeps everything divided up and easy-to-find. And I like how these mesh wire baskets let us quickly view the contents of what’s inside.

Basket Shelves - Workspace Organization Tips by Camille Styles | west elm

Organization Tip #4: Tall Baskets For Craft Supplies

Use tall baskets to hold wrapping paper and rolls of kraft paper. Since I’m kind of a wrapping paper junkie, I’m constantly looking for the best way to keep it organized where I can easily see my selection, and I’ve finally realized that keeping them standing upright is the way to do it. Plus, it allows all those pretty roles of paper to be on full display.

Keep tape, scissors, tags and ribbon nearby so you have a complete “wrapping station” with everything you’ll need at the ready.

Baskets + Stool - Workspace Organization Tips by Camille Styles | west elm

Organization Tip #5: Think Like An Editor

Display like items together for the most cohesive look. For these kitchen shelves, I decided to stick with a wood and white color palette. I gathered all my white dishes and arranged all of those on the open shelves, and stashed our colorful stuff in the closed cabinets underneath.

It’s all about thinking like an editor: removing the items that are distracting can be a more effective (and affordable) design trick than adding great new pieces. I filled the kitchen crock with all our serving utensils that we use for shoots — they look really pretty in all different shades of wood.

Workspace Organization Tips by Camille Styles | west elm

Organization Tip #6: More Baskets!

You can never have too many baskets. I honestly couldn’t count the number I own in my house and in our studio. I think they’re the best way to marry form and function by hiding away the items you don’t want fully displayed, and adding a great decorative touch in the process. And they fit really well into the natural, organic aesthetic that I love.

I always keep a couple of extra empty baskets around for corralling the loose odds and ends that always pop up. Since we’re constantly staging props for shoots (like below), it’s great to have a place to stash them away so that our stuff isn’t always sitting out on the table or cluttering someone’s desk. It’s all about keeping it contained!

Organized Basket - Workspace Organization Tips by Camille Styles | west elm

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Camille Styles

Camille Styles is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog, as well as a sought-after event stylist and lifestyle expert. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband Adam and their 19-month-old daughter, Phoebe.

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June 2, 2014

Great advice! And I love the photography 🙂


June 4, 2014


Those peach and pink covered boxes in the second image above are beautiful! Is there a website or store where I can find them?



July 5, 2014

Ditto to Alison’s question – I’d love to know where I could find those peach and pink boxes!

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