I live with two people. We share a kitchen and living room. One of the roommates cooks a lot! I know you need to share things when living with other people, but she's in it so often it's regular for me not to be able to eat when I want to.
My cooking is very simple (to my embarrassment). For example I boil potatoes on the stove for 10 minutes or throw some chicken on my electric grill. Often times I don't need to be in the kitchen, for example while my food is in the oven. On the other hand my roommate stands at the stove to stir her food. The problem is when someone stands there it blocks off the oven, sink, cupboards and counter space.
I do shift work so my schedule changes frequently. Otherwise I would have asked to have a schedule for using the kitchen. I'm fortunate enough to live so close to where I work I can come home on my breaks. I My roommate works from home and uses the kitchen frequently during her breaks.
A friend suggested that if I see her using the kitchen I can ask her when she'll be done. This works OK. I tried talking to her about my concerns and she said I can ask her to let me use something or pass me something from the cupboard. I'm uncomfortable with always asking her to move out of the way when I need something. She also said she's not interested in some sort of schedule because some days she cooks more than other days.
How can I communicate to her that I would really appreciate it if she tries to cut back on the amount of time she spends in the kitchen, without sounding rude?
To emphasize, I get other people need a turn with the kitchen but if one person is using it so much I'm not getting many turns I would like to at least like them to know that.