I moved into a shared home with roommates. The landlady and her husband are two of the roommates. I've been having issues with storage space. Today she was cleaning up and she was about to throw out (or at least move) somethings I need for work. I caught them before it was too late and I asked her where I can keep them. She said "in your room" and I replied "there is no space" which is true. She replied "you are only renting a room" and I replied "I thought we shared common spaces?" which is true. She replied "no" and I replied "well that wasn't my understanding" and the conversation got completely unproductive from that point.
Nothing in the contract specifically about shared spaces, though I thought when living with roommates it's obvious that a shared space is to be shared equally.
She also uses my bathroom for storage and I asked if she could move her makeup out so I can keep my toothbrush, razor etc. in the space, and again she just said "no".
Two things I think are extremely important to context: the landlady is old enough to be my mother (in fact older).
The landlady's husband recently got diagnosed with a very serious/terminal illness. Understandably she's under a lot of stress. I don't want to put a bunch of extra details into this, but I think with the stress she's under she's been ignoring certain problems (for example she also has dogs that won't stop barking and though I complained, even when she's in the same room she does nothing to get them to stop barking).
To me it's reasonable that if I see a free space in a shared area (and no one has said otherwise) I can use it. For example I would like to put a box of winter clothes in the basement where there's a free spot. However I'm afraid someone may move or throw it out and if I try asking if it's to put there she just says "no".
TL;DR a roommate, who is also the landlady, is basically telling me I can't use the shared space except for a few items.
UPDATE: first, I'd like to thank everyone for their input. Second, this is not a legal question because I do not consider going to court a solution (IMHO often times lawyers are the only side that win when things go to court). Regarding the lease, it is the government issued standard rental agreement, which does not have any specifics on shared areas. The address given is for the whole suite (not a room number or anything like that). However, at the top of the lease it was written "room rental". My understanding was that the room was private, and the other areas equally shared; this is based on the price I pay for rent, and the fact that during the viewing I was showed the shared areas. But I must stress again, interpersonal skills should always be used before court gets involved.
I didn't want this to turn into an argument but for my area this is very common: when living with roommates you have equal share of the common space (which includes things like the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room). I have lived in 5 different roommate situations and this has always been the case (and has always been the case with all the other homes I viewed and didn't move into).
Final edit: I didn't want this to turn into a legal debate and that's why I'm not responding to any more comments.