Use the noun fuddle for a confused or jumbled state. It would be easier to find your favorite shoes if your closet weren't such a fuddle of clothes, boots, and bags.

The more common befuddle comes from fuddle, which has a root meaning “worthless cloth,” and was originally defined as "work in a slovenly manner." As a verb, fuddle is used to mean "confuse or stupify." If you stay up all night studying for the math test, your lack of sleep may fuddle you so much that you can't remember all the formulas you tried to memorize!

Definitions of fuddle
  1. noun
    a confused multitude of things
    synonyms: clutter, jumble, mare's nest, muddle, smother, welter
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    a jumble of things to be given away
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    disorder, disorderliness
    a condition in which things are not in their expected places
  2. verb
    be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
    synonyms: bedevil, befuddle, confound, confuse, discombobulate, fox, throw
    confuse, disconcert, flurry, put off
    cause to feel embarrassment
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    demoralise, demoralize
    confuse or put into disorder
    amaze, baffle, beat, bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, get, gravel, mystify, nonplus, perplex, pose, puzzle, stick, stupefy, vex
    be a mystery or bewildering to
    disorient, disorientate
    cause to be lost or disoriented
    mix up, stump
    cause to be perplexed or confounded
    set a difficult problem or riddle
    elude, escape
    be incomprehensible to; escape understanding by
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  3. verb
    consume alcohol
    synonyms: booze, drink
    drink, tope
    drink excessive amounts of alcohol; be an alcoholic
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    consume excessive amounts of alcohol
    drink port
    drink claret
    bar hop, pub-crawl
    go from one pub to the next and get progressively more drunk
    bib, tipple
    drink moderately but regularly
    hit it up, inebriate, soak, souse
    become drunk or drink excessively
    drink wine
    carry, hold
    drink alcohol without showing ill effects
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    consume, have, ingest, take, take in
    serve oneself to, or consume regularly
  4. verb
    make stupid with alcohol
    synonyms: befuddle
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    inebriate, intoxicate, soak
    make drunk (with alcoholic drinks)
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