Yeah, personally I do prefer to keep the chronology as clear as possible. But nonlinear chronology is a tool in the kit, one that other writers do use.
Heck, look at any book written by Margaret Wander Bonanno in the past decade. She tends to write in a stream-of-consciousness manner that jumps all over the timeline.
I've edited Margaret. She keeps you on your toes. And I mean that in a good way!
And the book in question, Preternatural,
ended up being a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, so obviously it can be done to great effect . . ..