If something is confused or disorganized, use the noun disarray, like the disarray that follows your little brother everywhere he goes because he spills everything and never puts away his toys.

Combine the prefix dis-, meaning “lack of,” with array, which derives from the Old French word areer ("to put in order"), and... you’ve got a mess on your hands — or a lack of order. That's disarray. Whether it’s your plans, your kitchen, your workplace, or your hair, the noun disarray can be used to describe anything that is characterized by disorder, untidiness, or confusion.

Definitions of disarray
  1. noun
    untidiness (especially of clothing and appearance)
    synonyms: disorderliness
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    messiness, untidiness
    the trait of being untidy and messy
  2. noun
    a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior
    synonyms: confusedness, confusion, mental confusion, muddiness
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    confusion (usually transient) about where you are and how to proceed; uncertainty as to direction
    mental turmoil
    daze, fog, haze
    confusion characterized by lack of clarity
    confusion resulting from lack of preparation
    jamais vu
    the experience of being unfamiliar with a person or situation that is actually very familiar; associated with certain types of epilepsy
    bafflement, befuddlement, bemusement, bewilderment, mystification, obfuscation, puzzlement
    confusion resulting from failure to understand
    trouble or confusion resulting from complexity
    culture shock
    a condition of disorientation affecting someone who is suddenly exposed to an unfamiliar culture or way of life or set of attitudes
    closed book, enigma, mystery, secret
    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
    maze, snarl, tangle
    something jumbled or confused
    dilemma, quandary
    state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options
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    cognitive state, state of mind
    the state of a person's cognitive processes
  3. verb
    bring disorder to
    synonyms: disorder
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    bring order to or into
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    mess, mess up
    make a mess of or create disorder in
    derange, perturb, throw out of kilter
    throw into great confusion or disorder
    disturb the arrangement of
    jumble, scramble, throw together
    bring into random order
    randomise, randomize
    arrange in random order
    throw together in a confused mass
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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