For those that are not happy about the new Google Plus column stream, there is an alternative. You can switch back to a single column stream by clicking on “More”, then click on the single column view icon. It may give you a less chaotic look by switching back to the single column stream, but it does not have the old Google Plus stream feel.
At first, I did not like the new Google Plus stream. I mainly did not like it because it was not playing well with my ADD. However, over the last day I am slowly starting to like the new layout as I get a feel for it.