Couples and kitchens

It is a sad indictment of marriage and couples that I say I am “lucky” to not have to share a kitchen with a significant other. I have friends who do, and friends who struggle to make best use of that shared, common space with another person for long periods of time. When two independent people move in with one another, when they are both used to their own space and their own routines, it can cause friction and problems within a relationship.
The solution is, as is so often the case with relationships, compromise. Does she like the microwave in a certain place so it is easily accessible while using something else? Does he like the fridge stocked full of beer? What about a table in the kitchen? What about a coffee machine? There is so much to consider, so many factors to clash over that I don’t see what all the fuss is about.