The Folders section of LR is Exactly the same as it is in Windows File Explorer. Listed in aphabetical/numerical order. That is IF you have the Sort Order in Win File Explorer set to Sort by File/Folder Name.
Please show us a screen shot of what you are refrring to.
Alternative: apply keywords and other metadata to your photos in Lightroom, and leave your folders unchanged. Then in the future, use keywords and other metadata to do your searching. This is a more powerful approach to organizing, and makes use of the powerful tools in Lightroom (that you paid for).