Embarking on the long overdue home improvement project of painting our house led to the inevitable discovery of all of the other things that had to be done first--one of which was replacing three windows. We can't frame them on the inside because we don't have them insulated yet, and we didn't want to re-install the hardware for the drapes just to have to take it all down again. Stapling sheets over the windows was an option, but not a very pretty one. On a recent trip (one of way too damn many) to Lowe's, we found a surprisingly lovely solution: Redi Shades.
The pleated paper shades are more attractive and sturdier than we expected, and we had them installed in about one minute. Seriously. They have a strip of strong adhesive across the top (think Post-It notes on steroids) that stuck firmly to plaster and wood. Each shade comes with two lightweight plastic clips, which makes raising and lowering them simple, and with a sharp pair of scissors, they can easily be cut to fit.
Granted, if the window behind the shade is open and a door is opened or closed somewhere else in the house, they suck against the window like a kid taking a pull off a helium balloon, but a little straightening puts the pleats all back in place, just a tiny wrinkle or two worse for the wear.
The shades look so nice that I've considered leaving them up for a while. At less than $3 for a box of three, it's an inexpensive way to make sure that what happens at Casa de Atkins stays at Casa de Atkins.