It helps to have multiple vessels of various sizes. I have a 5 gallon carboy, a 20 litre demijohn, 2 x 5 litre brown glass jugs, and a very old 4 litre demijohn. I picked up all three of those smaller vessels from a second hand store for next to nothing. I went to my LHBS and bought bungs and S-type airlocks for every one of those vessels.
So, I make my cider like this: let it ferment in a larger vessel for anywhere between 1-3 weeks depending on how thirsty I am, then I rack it into the smaller vessels, put airlocks on them, and start a new batch in the large vessel. Good eye if you noticed that I still have 6 litres leftover. I drink about half a litre while racking - straight into my glass. The rest of it, I put into 750 ml plastic bottles, screw the caps on and pop them into the fridge - start drinking them a few hours later when the yeast has settled.
When those bottles are emptied, I pull the airlock out of the bung of the 4 litre demijohn and stick it straight into the fridge. I pour straight out of it into my glass.
The 5 litre jugs are too tall to fit into my fridge, so I need to funnel those into the plastic bottles when I want more to drink.
I would really like to find some more of those 5 litre jugs, they are damned handy and have two finger holes for carrying so I can easily carry one with each hand.