Research for the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) has found that one of the most significant issues for homeowners and renters is storage - many people don't even have enough storage space for basic day-to-day items.
Riba's chief executive Harry Rich told the Today programme that there needs to be a better understanding of how people are living nowadays.
Many new homes are built in a way similar to 20 years ago, he said.
Lesley Spellman, whose company the Clutter Fairy advises people on how to use their storage space to the best effect, believes there "certainly is a problem" with storage space.
"Clutter and consumerism is a huge problem", she said. "People are drowning in clutter and not aware of what to do with it", she explains.
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