I love rearranging everything on my bedside table and taking interior photos. I have come up with a pretty good recipe for taking and editing photos in this room now. I have even created a couple of desktop lightroom presets that I sell here.
Styling is key, and what works for the human eye is not always great in the rectangle area that you get on a camera. I will often take quite a few photos before realising things need to be rearranged. You need lots of layers and different heights. Things might be more overcrowded than you would have them IRL. There needs to be lots of details for the audience to explore and discover. I like to use colour to entice and capture interest, and I make sure everything in the photo has a purpose.
Once you feel you have filled the space with enough pretty things, you need to work out your angle of view. I like to get a little bit lower, in a squat position.l I don’t use a tripod as I feel it encumbers me, and I need to be squished back into a corner, and be free to change my height and angles quickly.