A couple of years ago I wrote Fostering Independence: Breakfast Cereal about one of the ways we enabled Gess to fix her own breakfast and it was by using the small boxes of cereal. Well, that worked for awhile but as Gess got older the small boxes were too small for her appetite. They can also be expensive.
Another tool we have been using are the tupperware style containers that help you keep Cereal fresh. These are neat because Gess is not always good at rolling the bag up. We had a real issue with ants getting in our pantry and several times they were in our cereal because she either didn't close the bag well or so much cereal fell in the bottom of the box outside the bag that the ants still found it. Getting these handy things not only helped with ants, it helped Gess do a better, neater job at fixing her own cereal.
Now Gess makes less of a mess and more importantly we got rid of our ant problem!
We are still working on milk spills. She actually does a pretty good job most of the time, but she certainly does have days where some milk makes it on the table. To help that we buy our milk by the 1/2 gallon. It is so much easier for her to manage.
It's small things like these that help set a child up for success and gives them a feeling of independence and self sufficiency.