OK, y'all have been INCREDIBLY helpful with information on the Energi, and also with creative solutions. So I thought it was my turn to come up with something helpful.
Maybe the Ford designers had something in mind when they designed a deep, narrow, storage arm rest, and two cupholders with not a speck of additional storage space anywhere in sight, but I can't imagine what they were thinking.
That said, I found some inexpensive containers to help make use of the space without losing things to the Deep Jumble of Doom.
I started with a 32-ounce Up & Up "Twist and Store" large round container, purchased at Target ($3.99 for 2. BPA-free.) I use it without the top, because I'm stacking other stuff on top, but the top certainly fits. Right now, all I have in it is a small container of antacids and a container of ibuprofen (handy for those who get migraines with no warning).
I then went to Dollar Tree, and purchased a snap-together sandwich-shaped plastic container (probably not BPA-free) and rectangular, uncovered plastic bin.
I keep protein bars in the sandwich container (I do use the lid for that--want'em to stay fresh!). The rectangular bin contains an iPhone charger plug, a micro--USB charger plug, lip balm, a container of Purell, and 5 $1 bills. There's room for more.
I just stack them inside the arm rest. 32-ounce cup on the bottom, sandwich container on top of that, rectangular bin on the very top. No more fishing through tons of crap to find what I want!
I don't remember where I got it, because it was in my old Kia, but I found an insert for cup-holders that adds a couple of small storage slots. I use one of the slots to hold my plastic film canister-full-of-quarters. I'll probably put a small thing of tissues in the other one (right now, I have 2 in the other cup holder).
Edited by Izzy, 14 November 2013 - 09:50 AM.