The widgets are displayed in node order, not alphabetical order.
What you might be running into is that there is an issue in the Eclipse platform and thus CRXDE where nodes a file tree are always displayed in alphabetical order. As such, to order nodes, you need to use CRXDE Lite.
Ah, so you just drag the nodes in the order you want them to display via CRXDE Lite? Any other ways to do this while I'm asking?
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You could use the Sling POST Servlet (see http://bit.ly/nh4z7M). For example:
$ curl -u admin:admin -F":order=before link" http://localhost:4502/apps/geometrixx/components/title/dialog/items/type
Would make the type field on the Geometrixx title component go before the link field.
You could use the JCR API. The above is more or less just doing: