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The problem isn't that your roommate uses the kitchen too much, the problem is you both want to use it at the same time. If she only cooked for thirty minutes a day, but it was during your break from work, then you'd still have a problem. Cooking for thirty minutes a day would be completely reasonable, and it'd be unreasonable to ask for it to be less, so ...


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Nobody likes to be rejected by their friends, but just about everybody wants to help their friends. I've found that by phrasing the need for time as a FAVOR that they can do for you, to be an effective and inoffensive way to get my space/time. Some examples: Jeff, I really want to continue this conversation about X, but right now, I'm running out of time ...


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